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July/August 2020

The 3 C's

I wonder when someone realizes we are married to a minister, what do they think of us? Do they sense there is something different about us? Different but relatable? Most recently, one of my coworkers began to share information about a popular movie she had seen over the weekend. As she proceeded to tell the story plot, she turned to me and said, “Oh, Michelle, you would not like that movie.” My heart instantly became “glad” because at that point it confirmed that my walk with the Lord involved certain convictions and standards. I’d like to believe that the following Three C’s help us explicitly to increase our witness for the Lord.

1. Conversation: Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Proverbs 6:2, “You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth.” Our words are to be a testament to the Lord’s goodness. We are to love and encourage one another.

2. Conduct: I Peter 1:15, “But as He who has called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” James 3:13, “Who is wise among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.” My philosophy has always been, “If you can’t tell your sister in Christ that you did something, you probably shouldn’t have done it.”

3. Character: Character is: “the distinctive nature of something.” Our nature should be that of the Lord’s. Basically, we ask ourselves, “What would Jesus do?” Our actions should be those that bring the Lord glory. Romans 5:4, “and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Our character provides hope for others!

Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:22) and in Genesis 6:9, “This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was just a man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.” How wonderful would it be if people said of us, “She walked with God.” We’ve got some mighty big shoes to fill.

Walking with Him,

Michelle