A kindergarten teacher gave her class a “Show and Tell” assignment. Each student was instructed to bring in an object to share with the class – something that represented their religion.
Benjamin stood before his classmates and said, “I am Jewish, and this is a Star of David.”
Mary got up next. “I am Catholic and this is a rosary,” she said.
Then it was Tommy’s turn. He reached down into a big bag, took out his Show and Tell object, and walked to the front of the room. “I’m a Baptist,” he said, “and this is a casserole!”
Now I would have preferred for little Tommie to show his Bible – but that’s funny!
This got me thinking about the “Show and Tell” people might experience in my own neighborhood. What does my life “show” or demonstrate to my neighbors? What did they really hear in our conversations?
Growing up, I don’t remember much interaction with my neighbors. We were a Navy family and moved many times. Maybe that’s why we never put down roots or reached out to our neighbors.
My husband’s family, on the other hand, loved to tell me stories about how they talk to and ministered to their neighbors – especially a grumpy one next door. Reaching out was part of their Christian stewardship.
When I got married– after I turned my life over to the Lord –I had the opportunity to think biblically. I’ve been thinking about the subtle Show and Tell my husband and I share in our own daily routines.
It’s simple things:
- When my neighbor sees us driving off to church every Sunday but she works on her front yard garden, that speaks volumes about our commitment to church, if not Jesus.
- When another neighbor tells a smutty story and sees how that makes me uncomfortable, that speaks of my commitment to holiness.
- When we give our seven nearest neighbors Christmas treats every year, we are building relationships. We so want them to understand the greatest Gift, Jesus; and the Lord is giving us opportunities to share the Word of God.
Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light shine before others. I like the way the Living Bible expresses this (verses 15-16): “Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”
Your neighbors desperately need a daily demonstration of the reality of your faith and walk with God.
When we Show and Tell our relationship with the Lord in practical ways, our neighbors will see our “good works” and, hopefully, be drawn to our Father God. We can create opportunities to explain the “light” they see!
How is your life a Show and Tell demonstration to others – especially your neighbors – about your life in Christ?
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