I was coming back from the gym this week when I turned into the subdivision and saw where officer friendly had pulled someone over. I pulled in behind the patrol car and noticed there was no space for me to go around them as the person who had been pulled over had stopped in the middle of the subdivision's entrance. I pulled to the side a bit to see if anyone was driving through the exit side of the entrance. It was clear. So I backed up and drove through the exit side of the subdivision entrance so as not to bother the officer and the person he had blue lighted. A couple hours later, my husband called me. "Why did you drive on the wrong side of the road?" he asked. I had to think about what he was talking about, having forgotten about the officer and car who had blocked the neighborhood entrance. I explained what had happened and of course asked, "How do YOU know what I did this morning?" He told me, "The officer told me he saw my wife this morning driving on the wrong side of the road. He said he would let you off the hook.... this time." I can't do anything without somebody watching!
Although the officer was telling my husband that in jest, it made me think about how you and I are constantly being watched by others: our children, our family, our co-workers, fellow drivers, church members, total strangers, you name it. When they are looking at us, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone who has mercy, someone with a forgiving attitude? Do they see someone who looks like they have a chip on their shoulder or someone who may chew them out on the spot? Or, do they see someone who has the joy of the Lord on their face?
Paul wrote in Colossians 3:23, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverance for the Lord." It is easy to show God's love when we know someone is watching us. It is much harder to show God's love when they aren't showing any love to us, right? But Paul said to do it with sincerity of heart and reverance for the Lord.
It is important that we show the love of Jesus through our everyday tasks, actions and words, because you never know who's eyes God is watching you through.