Wednesday, Oct. 7
“My life is my message.”—Mahatma Ghandi. Mahatma Ghandi was a great person. He spoke openly of his support of Jesus’ teachings and no doubt accepted and taught Christian principles. Buddhism accepts all other belief systems that teach good morals, and Ghandi was a Buddhist, so probably not a Christian. But the above quotation certainly reflects N.T. teaching. Our lives really do demonstrate what we believe. In fact, our lives get across the message better than our words. “Actions speak louder than words.” If I teach my kids not to lie, and they see me shading the truth, guess how they will respond. At the very least, confused, more likely disillusioned, disappointed, and distrustful. Unfortunately, we can live by good moral standards most of the time and fail once, and our reputation is destroyed. “Once a liar, always a liar.” But we can’t be sinless while we’re in this life. We all make mistakes. How can we polish up a tarnished reputation? Here’s how: When I make a mistake, I need to acknowledge it, confess it—to God first, then to the one that I wronged, and then to any one who witnessed my wrong doing. It has always been amazing to me to see the positive responses that result. I am humbled and will do what I can to not fail again. Others who also make mistakes are taught how to deal with it. Trust is restored. God is pleased. This is a whole lot better than the “cover up” practice. It is so simple—albeit humbling. Do you think Mahatma Ghandi made mistakes? I wonder how he handled them.