Were you in the military?

After tonight’s VBS concluded, I headed to the parking lot and stopped by to see if all had gone well for the heating and air contractor who came to fix a broken a/c unit.  This man said all went well.  We talked for a couple more minutes and then it seemed time for me to depart.

As I began to step towards my vehicle the heating and air contractor, without any warning, asked a question which startled and mystified me.  He said:  “Were you in the military?”  I said, “Yes; four years in the USAF.”  Then he said, “I thought so.”  My military days were more than three decades ago so being asked if I had ever served in the military seemed pretty odd.

I asked the contractor what made him draw such a conclusion and his answer was succinct.  He said:  “Your haircut.  Your bearing and mannerisms.  You have the look.”  We talked for quite a while after he answered my question and he will hopefully accept my offer to have some additional conversations at some point in the near future.

On the way home I could not help but think of how this man had watched me for no more than two minutes and drawn such a sure conclusion about my background. The experience reminded me of how almost all of us are being watched by others, especially if we profess to be a Christian.

When people watch you, what do they see?  What do they think?  What do they hear?  Do they see Christ living in you, or do they see another child of the devil?  Give it some thought.

Matt 5:13-16:  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do (men) light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Brad Price