Do people sometimes form the wrong impression of you ?
Last Sunday at noon I was sitting in our local coffee shop wearing my black leather jacket ( sorry PETA), my Lululemon yoga pants, and my dark glasses which I wear when my eyes are tired. They are excellent for letting me observe people without them knowing that I am watching them.
Six ladies from a local church, established in 1793, came in, after church service, to have brunch.
I was sitting beside the door, and they each gave me disapproving looks. No doubt they felt that by looking at my attire, I was a heathen woman who had not attended Sunday morning church.
I had been to Mass that previous Saturday evening, and now I was just waiting for the Convenience Store to open to I could buy some muffin liners to bake blueberry muffins.
I was fascinated by the ladies’ behaviour ! One woman threw the church bulletin from that morning on the table and announced : ‘ Just the same old stuff ! ‘. Her friends agreed, just the same old stuff ! After the criticism of the bulletin, the friends decided on the serious business of ordering their food.
My friend Sheila was the only waitress on duty that day. As she took their orders, none of the ladies greeted Sheila, or looked at her. The first lady ordered the jumbo breakfast special. Her friend, who , from appearances, did not do much fasting, also ordered the jumbo breakfast platter with a double order of bacon. She gave specific instructions that the bacon was to be crisply done. The women seemed oblivious to the fact that Sheila would also be cooking their meals, and doing the dishes. I thought of the Lord, who came to serve, rather than be serve.
As Christians, we need to be aware that people are constantly watching us, to see if we are showing Christ-like behaviour.
I finished my coffee and got the muffin liners to make muffins for my neighbour Lorna, who recently had surgery.
May the Lord give us the grace to lead lives that are consistent, so that our light will draw others to Him.