[PC-USA] 2000-01-07 - What Are They Saying about You?

(Acts 9:36 NLT) There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.

Tabitha was "always doing kind things for others and helping the poor." If someone were writing about you, what would they say you are "always doing?" Do any of these apply?

She is always visiting sick friends.
He is always helping someone needy.
She is always giving a listening ear.
He is always giving his children his attention.
She is always quietly helping out at church.
He is always exhibiting a servant-like attitude.
She is always eager to share the Gospel.
He is always giving the minister honest feedback.

Or:

She is always criticizing her co-workers.
He is always yelling at his kids.
She is always gossiping.
He is always too busy to play with his children.
She is always complaining.
He is always working.
She is always lazy.
He is always finding fault with the minister's sermons.
She is always saying something good about someone.
He is always cursing.

If you have a trusted friend who will be brutally honest with you, ask her or him to answer this--"what would you say I am 'always doing?'" But don't get angry at your friend, if the answer doesn't match up to how you want to be regarded! Remember that you can "always" change! Think about what you want to be known as "always doing," and plan some steps to accomplish the goal. If you want to be known as a compassionate person who is always helping others, pray to see others through Christ's eyes, and to be sensitive to their needs. If you think you are known for gossiping, and you don't want to be, ask God to help you overcome this. Find a friend who will hold you accountable. Whatever change is needed, God can help you be the person you want to be, the person He wants you to be.

Jan

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