Daily Dose, Aug. 21 — Who Am I?

  Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us. (1 John 3:18-24) Do you ever get in the mood to go out to eat and then get stuck in indecision about where to actually go? There are SO many choices! Erica and I sometimes do this, and neither one of us wants to make the decision. To help us with our decision-making, I sometimes consult a helpful little app on my phone. I’m sure some of you use it as well. It’s called Yelp, and it’s a one-stop shop for finding out lots of information about local restaurants (and other things). You can read reviews and find out if it’s really the place you want to end up for your meal. It’s a really helpful tool. It has helped me decide where to go…and where to avoid. Wouldn’t it be interesting if there was a Yelp for each of us as individuals? A place for people to submit reviews of experiences and interactions with us? The thought of it might make a lot of us uncomfortable, right?  “What if they caught me on a bad day? What if the things they say only capture a moment? I’m not ALWAYS that way, am I?” On the flip side of that, wouldn’t it be rewarding to read the good reviews? It would be nice to know that we were helpful to someone, that they experienced kindness from us, that we made someone laugh. While our worth in God’s eyes doesn’t hinge on the impression we make on others, it’s important to remember that human eyes might always be watching us! Who am I? I am someone who tries to make a positive impact on others. I’m someone who strives to genuinely care for others? I am someone who is hoping to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant” from my Heavenly reviewer. What about you? -- Rev. Brad Greene