Readings: Isaiah 40:3-5, II Peter 3:1-13, Matthew 3:1-6

Tell a Story

We have been holding Dementia Care Education seminars monthly here at Shepherd, and the instructor, Brian Browne, said last week, “Every day you tell a story by your behaviors.” He used some good everyday choices as examples – if you have sugar frosted flakes for breakfast, that indicates little concern for a healthy start to your day. If you speed and get agitated while driving, you again choose an unhealthy behavior that tells “your story.” He said the daily stories you tell by your behaviors effect your long-term health and longevity. In II Peter 3, Peter puts it this way, “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” He adds in verse 14, “Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him (meaning Jesus).” Holy, godly, spotless, blameless, at peace? Living in Jesus’ love we can strive for that, and with His power we can even accomplish it sometimes. God is so good to us! Both Isaiah and Matthew tell of John the Baptist and his call to “Prepare the way for the Lord!” That’s a call and that comes both to us and through us. Our behavior, mental processes, attitudes, and our faith work together to tell a story that influences not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. Every day we have an opportunity to tell a different story through our actions. What story will you tell today? — Tracy