What was Christ doing in the carpenter’s shop? Practicing. Though perfect, we read that He learned obedience, He increased in wisdom and in favor with God and man.Do not quarrel therefore with your lot in life. Do not complain of its never-ceasing cares, its petty environment, the vexations you have to stand, the small and sordid souls you have to live and work with. Above all, do not resent temptation; do not be perplexed because it seems to thicken round you more and more, and ceases neither for effort nor for agony nor prayer. That is the practice, which God appoints you; and it is having its work in making you patient, and humble, and generous, and unselfish, and kind, and courteous. Do not grudge the hand that is moulding the still too shapeless image within you. It is growing more beautiful though you see it not, and every touch of temptation may add to its perfection.
—  Henry Drummond 1880

"The world preaches the ‘be-true-to-yourself’ philosophy. Christians can only be true to self when demonstrating that they belong to God." ~Beth Moore

Have I given a true impression of myself this week everywhere I’ve been? Has Christ’s love and grace been evident in my speech, my character, my motivations and actions?

How have I given a false impression based on my actions? Can’t just stop there. Been at this too long - my actions can become too rote, automatic. How have my thoughts and desires given false impression about the One that I serve?

Questions that need much contemplation and quiet meditation for sure. Food for thought.

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