Jan 28, 2011

Food For Thought

police badge

On the way to the studio the other day, I received a phone call on my cell. Although I would never dial or text while driving, I answered and spoke to the other party without a thought of wrong doing. While in conversation, I noticed a police officer pulling along side of me. I immediately dropped the phone without a thought of the person on the other end.

The patrol car passed me by without incident of course. However, it gave me food for thought. If I saw the officer when my cell phone rang, would I have answered it? Probably not! Do I really need a police officer by my side to do the right thing? Do I really need someone by my side to hold me accountable? I have long held the thought that character is doing the right thing when no one is watching. Pondering this, I thought what a better world, nation, community, and family we would be if we all had a police officer, priest/pastor, mate, or a person that we loved and respected by our side every day, all day. Theft, fighting, cursing, gossip, and cheating would cease. For some, crime of all sorts would be drastically reduced if criminals knew that they were being watched and held accountable for their actions.

However, we carry within us the sweet guest of our soul – the Holy Spirit within us. We are temples of the Holy Spirit. Shouldn’t that be enough for all of us? Emmanuel, God with us! Let us each make a conscious effort to remember who is with us every day, all day. The Paraclete, who reminds us of everything Jesus said and did, our helper indeed, who loves us and believes in us more than we believe in ourselves. Jesus paid the ultimate price to send His Spirit to be with us, to help us, forgive us, strengthen us, and love us unconditionally. One day we will all have to give an accounting for our words, deeds, and actions. None of us know when or how that day will come, but we know it will. When we remember daily who we are in Christ, and grow daily in His Spirit, we will hear Him say to us, Well done, my good and faithful servant.