Published April 27, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"Evident Christianity"

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Ohio for my uncle's funeral.

When I was checking in at the hotel, I glanced around and saw a lady in the lobby with a wonderful smile. It was so joyful that I immediately started smiling back.

The next morning at the hotel's continental breakfast, I was finishing up when the same lady came to get her breakfast. I greeted her and told her how much I appreciated her smile. I found out she was from near the Lansing area of Michigan and her name was Carol.

Sunday morning I checked out of the hotel, got my receipt and headed towards my car. Coming down the hall was this same lady once again. She was smiling and I smiled in greeting. She told me that she was in the hotel for a quilt seminar. She had just sent her children a picture of the quilt she was making and they liked it as much as she did.

Then I said, "You're a Christian, aren't you." It wasn't a question, but more a simple observation.

"Yes, I am," she responded.

"It's so obvious."

She said "thank you" and I knew she was pleased to have been recognized. "You made my day!"

I told her, "It should be so evident with everyone of us."

This isn't the story of me speaking to a stranger. This is a story of someone who brightened a weekend where I was facing the death of a relative. This is the story of someone who glowed from way down deep inside and it showed in her smile. This is the story of someone whose very demeanor made it obvious that she was a Christian.

Yes, it should be so evident for everyone of us.

- Shelia

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