Saturday, March 20, 2010

How Will They Know Me?

A beautiful smile and bright eyes. A face that reflected peace, joy and acceptance ... that's how I recognized her.

Jerry and I took the boys to a ballgame. Half time, the seniors walked to center court ... escorted by their parents. There she was ... looking the same as she had in high school, walking her 18 year old son to center court. I recognized her immediately.
She was the girl 2 years older than me, always smiling and ready to encourage someone else. No matter what she was going through ... there she was, ready to listen and pick somebody up when they were down.

I stopped her after the game and we talked for only a few minutes. It was good to see her, to find out what was going on in her world. I probably won't see her again ... for another 17 years ... but that chance reunion left me thinking.

How do people recognize me? How will they know me ... in 40 or 50 years? When my hair is no longer brown but gray. My eyes are hidden behind wrinkles and no longer bright and green. If my smile is a little weak with age ... will anyone know me? What am I doing now to make sure my "identity" goes beyond my outward appearance?
My prayer is ... they will know me by my love, compassion, mercy ... the attributes I so often strive but fail to achieve. I pray they will look beyond the things I fail and see my heart.

John 13:34 - 35 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."


  1. Aine,

    Hopefully they will recognize us not by what they see on the outside but the eternal light that comes from within. It is what draws people to come close to us

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  2. Amen! May we learn to truly reflect Christ in everything. That would be awesome for people to remember what we did, not just what we said. God bless.

  3. Aine, A beautiful post from a beautiful heart. Loved this!

    Thanks for sharing the desires that dwell within. The hair is already greying, the wrinkles coming slowly but surely... I pray that what will be seen in me is that I lived Jesus in Julie. May it be so, may it be so!

    Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. You blessed me yet again!

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