Here we are in the last week of June. How did that happen so quickly? It's almost Christmas!
This past weekend I was in Hartsville, SC to emcee the Little Miss South Carolina pageant. The committee does such a great job organizing this program. Over $38,000 is given away in scholarship at the state competition. That's pretty impressive.
To top it all off for me, the organizers allowed me to do the "pre-show". During that time I shared a brief testimony and sang two of my songs, Come Join in the Choir and For Such a Time as This.
I was able to catch up with my sweet high school friend Meredith. To my great surprise, many of my fellow classmates now have blogs dedicated to their children. Sweet. Now I can check in on them more than once a year! Even though I have two little ones, it is still hard to believe my friends are moms and dads!
Today I checked e-mail to find a less-than-pleasant message from a pageant attendee. Apparently her contestant did not win...and she was not happy. "Shocked", actually. Because I had given my testimony and made my faith obvious, she decided to challenge my authenticity as a Christian. Obviously confused about scoring in some categories, basically she said if I call myself a Christian I shouldn't associate myself with a system that is not on the "up and up". Wow.
You know, even though she was completely misinformed and inappropriate in how she approached me, she did make me think. Christians have a responsibility - It's called a witness. If we claim to be part of God's family, we should act like it in word and deed. Where we go, what we say and who we hang out with says a lot about us!
Sometimes it's hard to take the "high road". My default reaction when I read her yucky message to me was to bow up like a cat and claw her back with my "oh no she didn't" attitude. But, that would not be representing my Heavenly Father very well, would it? So, in turn, I attempted to diffuse her frustration with kindness. Will she receive it? That's not my responsibility. My job is to do my part: respond in a Christ-like attitude above reproach.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1