Thursday, February 23, 2006

kind faces

I was just thinking about seeing people at church last night and how there are so many people I don't really know but I love their faces. There are people there with the kindest faces. They always smile at me and they just exude love. My Pastors are like that too. There's this one African-American lady that has braces and she always smiles really sweet and she is just gorgeous to me! Then there's this other lady that sings in the choir and I saw her up close for the first time last night and she is amazingly gorgeous. Neither one of these people are perfect looking. But to me, they are beautiful.

It got me to thinking...do I have a kind face? (That's a rhetorical question, don't answer it. :) What can I do to exude love? I want people to look at me and see Jesus. Sometimes I have the most horrible thoughts about people - I'll admit that. I am so critical and imperfect. I have to pray about that daily. I pray God give me love. Give me love. He does. But I'm still so imperfect. I want to see the good in people instead of seeing flaws. I want to have a kind heart. I want to have a heart full of love. After all, if I don't have love, I might as well not even call myself a Christian. (Remember my layout the other day about I Corinthians 13?)

I hope the next time you see me, I have a kind face. But I also hope that I have a kind face to all the people I don't know. The people that I pass in Walmart, at the gas station, etc. - those are the ones who might really need to see God's love through me.

Just some random thoughts running around in my head today....

7 comments:

Christina said...

glad your phone is back from the dead.
loved the joy post from your friend + the picture of tamara + the LO for today (so cool and such a great quote)
what else? oh I totally think about having a kind face... a lot. I also think about the saying, after you've spent time with someone, did you bring them closer to Jesus or lead them further away.
it goes something like that. that's the jist of it. hmmmm, need to reflect on that one myself!

dhill said...

Your post made tears come in my eyes because I was just thinking yesterday about how your face looked so sweet and bright the other day. You had the kindest expression on your face! :-)

I think it's sooo precious that you want to be a better person on the inside. I want that, too. It's tough not to be critical in this time we live in, but you're right, Jesus wants us all to be more loving to one another. Thanks for pointing that out, 'cause I sure needed to hear that today...

Jann said...

I know you said it was rhetorical...but I have to tell you that you do have a beautiful face that is also kind. I have watched you be so intent on a customer that you are helping and thought to myself...the attention she is giving them says, "I care about what you care about." Isn't that the first part of showing Christ to somebody. He meets us where we are...and I think if we meet people where they are on His behalf that it is kindness personified. You do that well.

I struggle with having a black heart...I pray so often for God to take this heart of stone and turn it into a heart of flesh (it is too late but I know there is a reference to that in the Old Testament somewhere *smile*). Despite the hardness of my heart -- He still chooses to use me...isn't that AMAZING!?!?!?

Stay cool Miss Kind Faced friend of mine!

Christy B said...

I think your face yells ... hey, see me, I'm happy and I'll tell you why!!!! You most certainly have a kind face! Don't change!!!!

Christy

Hollye said...

Tracie..you have one of the kindest faces I've ever seen. And I know that I've given you a hard time about your laugh, but everytime I hear your laugh, it makes me smile. I do know what you mean though. I had an "ugly" face the other day and I felt like an arse about the way I reacted to a situation. I am sure that this was the first time that my new friends saw this in me and I was so embarassed for myself.

StaceyKingman said...

I struggle here...I often pray for God to give me spiritual eyes - that I could see people the way He does. It's hard to feel ugly then...

doris said...

great thougths . . . love the kind faces of strangers . . . :D