Stating the Obvious

11 Oct

After speaking recently, I (Dawn) received a gift card for Jamba Juice. At the bottom of the gift card, the company has this disclaimer:  “Card has no juice until activated by checker.” No kidding.

Red Jamba JuiceI love it when people state the obvious.

A road sign that says, “Caution: Water on Road During Rain.”

A Pizza Hut establishment billboard: “We Have Pizza.”

Warning Sign: “In the interests of safety, it is advisable to keep your child away from fire and flames.”

At the end of a sidewalk: “Sidewalk ends.”

In a cemetery:  “No Exit From Burial Site.”

Near Prison Facility:  “Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers.”

Actually, while those are funny, stating the obvious is just fine with me. I’m one of those no-nonsense people. I appreciate honesty, transparency, and clarity.  Don’t mess around with mixed signals, I say. Just give it to me straight.

The acronym WYSIWYG ~ What You See Is What You Get ~ is a great way to live. No pretense. No lies. No fakery.

What we do when we’re all alone … the choices we make in every area of life … reveals who we really are. Christ-followers should want to reflect Christ, and there’s the rub. Sometimes, who we are on the inside doesn’t match up with what people see on the outside.

I noticed this the other day on Facebook. A teenage Christian girl is great at “God Talk” to her Facebook friends, but examine her profile page ~ the movies she loves, the music she listens to, her role models ~ and there’s a major disconnect. I mean, Lady Gaga?

I was reminded of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words, “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.”

When people see our lives (at any moment, in any situation) what they should see is the obvious:  our holiness, our loving obedience to Christ, our joy in serving God, etc. Our light should shine so brightly that the watching world shouldn’t have to wonder whether we are Christ-followers (Matthew 5:16; 1 John 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; Ephesians 4:17-32).

Is your light shining brightly for Christ? What can you do today to help it shine even brighter?


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