Have you seen that hearing aid commercial that asks, “What do people notice about you?”? Some of the answers are physical: my eyes, my smile. Some are less about the person and more about their interests: my love of nature, the importance of family. Some are rather superficial: my cool car, my beautiful wife (I still haven’t figured out how that one has much to do with what people notice about the guy with the hearing aid).
The commercial got me thinking about what people notice about me. Unfortunately, the first thing that came to my mind is that people probably notice that I’m overweight. I’ve had people comment on my eyes before and my hair. I’m sure there are people who notice that I talk a lot and I hope there are a few who notice my sense of humor.
But what is really the most important thing for people to notice about me? I hope that I will live my life in such a way that people will see Christ in me.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. (Gal. 2:20)
I know I certainly don’t always achieve that…or maybe I should even go so far as to say that I rarely achieve that. I am often like Paul in that:
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. (Romans 7:15)
Thankfully, Christ’s “… grace is sufficient for [me], for [His] power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
I hope that, as I grow in my Christian faith, there will be more of Christ and less of me in everything that I do, that what people notice about me will not be my quick temper, my dread of confrontation, my weight, my eye color or anything other than Christ in me.
What do people notice about you?
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