A Walking Advertisement

7 Feb

I have this thing about bumper stickers. I love them (as long as they aren’t nasty). I think my affection for them stems to a clever television report I saw more than a decade ago. A reporter examined car after car in a parking lot and said, “A person sure can learn a lot about a driver from bumper stickers.”

I wonder what these modern-day bumper stickers reveal about their drivers:

  • Powered by Cupcakes.
  • I don’t have a short attention span, I just … Oh, look, a squirrel!
  • I got your back (picture of one stick figure holding the backbone of another stick figure)
  • All my kids have paws.
  • Sorry for driving so close in front of you.
  • Don’t make me use my librarian voice.
  • What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about?
  • My Food Pyramid (with every level reading “Bacon”).
  • Bacon – the candy bar of meats.
  • The pain will go away when it stops hurting.
  • The windows aren’t dirty; that’s just my dog’s nose art.
  • Chubby people are harder to kidnap.
  • I support the right to arm bears.

And my personal favorite:BumperSticker_Honk

I have to admit there are days I wish I could put a sticker on my forehead:  “Beware, Dawn is not a happy camper today” … or “Watch out, Dawn needs a chocolate break.”

The truth is, it’s really not hard for people to “read’ me. I wear my feelings pretty close to the surface; I’m not hard to figure out.  The problem comes when I let those feelings rule my life. I can become a walking advertisement for selfishness.

In contrast, the Apostle Paul talked about our “walk” in Ephesians 5.

“Walk in love,” he said (v. 2). The love Paul described is sacrificial … the same kind of love Jesus had for us when He died on the cross. It’s the walk of love that makes us want to be holy and avoid any behavior that would dishonor His name.

“Walk as children of light” (v. 8). This is the walk of discernment, the walk that shows the world Jesus is our Lord.

“Walk not as unwise, but as wise” (v. 15). This is the careful walk – understanding  the pull of the culture and choosing God’s will and ways instead. It’s the walk that values time and lives for eternity.

When I was a college student in Pennsylvania, a favorite professor’s statement spoke to my heart: “The world waits for a daily demonstration of the Christ who lives in you.” I realized the testimony of a life lived for God is the most powerful tool we have for evangelism.

So if we live as “imitators” of God (v. 1), we will be a walking advertisement for the power of God in our lives. What a wonderful launching pad for conversations about His transforming grace!

– Dawn


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