Monday, July 2, 2007

Always On Camera

I've just returned from a fabulous week long cruise to Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico aboard the Carnival ship "Fantasy". If it were not for missing my children, I would've found a way to become a permanent fixture to the boat. I learned many things while I was away--one being, you never really 'get away'.

For instance, I was looking forward to not wearing makeup all week, just being 'natural' self, not being recognized, stared at or pointed at. That didn't last long. While in line at the embarkation terminal, I was spotted by several WLBT viewers. It continued every day of the cruise. Some wanted to know the weather forecast (I was on vacation. I didn't CARE what the weather forecast was!), some wanted pictures, others wanted autographs. I realized very quickly that I would not be able to take a break from who I am or what I do. Don't get me wrong--I don't mean for this to sound like I'm complaining. After all, these people have made a choice to watch WLBT and I am so grateful for having the opportunity to work for a television station that surrounds itself with believers. But sometimes, I just want to be unnoticed and blend in with everyone else. Then God taught me a lesson...

As Christians, we are always on camera for others to see. Our co-workers, friends, neighbors, people in line at Walmart, even family members are always watching what we do and what we say. They may not watch to catch us make a mistake, but they are keeping a close eye on our actions, reactions and words. Titus 2:7 says "In everything set an example by doing what is good. In your teaching, show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say." That's a big responsibility, but one we take on when we become a Christian.

Being watched isn't always easy, but think of the testimony you give others when you live your life in such a way that you turn people on to Christ and not turn them away from His goodness.


Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

i thank God for the "little lessons" that He teaches you so that you can share them - as always - so timely in my life! you are a blessing!

jUnEbUg said...

If you'll meet me in the hall on Sunday, I'd like to get your autograph as well! :-)