You … are a letter from Christ. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:3 NIV

Bible says your life is a love letter from Jesus, “known and read by everybody.” But a letter is only effective, if it is easily read and understood. An older friend said of his deteriorating handwriting, “I can still read writin’, but I can’t write readin’!” Incomprehensible writing distorts the message and discourages the reader. The purpose, to convey the writer’s thoughts, is lost, and the reader either stops reading or fails to get the .message.

To ensure that your love letter from Jesus gets through to the people He’s sending it to, here are some common distortions to avoid: (a) Dishonesty, like padding your expense account, stealing company time or taking home items you think won’t be missed. (b) A begrudging, resentful attitude when a friend,

fellow worker or boss asks you to go the extra mile and help at an inconvenient time. (c) Shoddy workmanship, reflected in a substandard product or service. (d) Undependability and inconsistency, such as when you can’t be counted on to be where you’re supposed to be, or to fulfill your obligations. (e) Being a killjoy. Christians who lack a sense of humor and resiliency, who act like they’re “joy-impaired,” hurt the cause of Christ. (f) Touchiness, like when you wear your feelings on your sleeve,

are easily upset and overreact to unintended offenses. (g) Temper tantrums, where you’re crabby and grumpy because things don’t go your way. (h) “Holy joe-iris” that makes you speak in self-righteous, supercilious tones. Since you are being “known and read by everybody,” guard against these behaviors that distort the life-giving message God wants to send to others through you.



An eye witness account from New York City, on a cold day in December, some years ago:

A little boy, about 10-years-old, was standing in front of a shoe store on the sidewalk, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold.

A lady approached the young boy and said, “My, but you’re in such deep thought staring in that window!”

“I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes,” was the boy’s reply.

The lady took him by the hand, went into the store, and asked the clerk to get half a dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her.

She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with the towel.

By this time, the clerk had returned with the socks.

Placing a pair upon the boy’s feet, she purchased him a pair of shoes.

She tied up the remaining pairs of socks and gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, “No doubt, you will be more comfortable now.”

As she turned to go, the astonished kid caught her by the hand, and looking up into her face, with tears in his eyes, asked her,

“Are you God’s wife?”