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It is true that God works in mysterious ways.  However, some of the holiest things should be kept to ourselves.  There is such a thing as sharing too much information.  Here is a news stories that perhaps should have stayed private.

An Anderson, South Carolina, couple sees an image that they believe is Jesus on their Wal-Mart receipt.  After making a purchase, the couple dropped the receipt on the floor.  Several days later, Jacob Simmons saw that the receipt had changed; and he believed that the image that appeared was Jesus.

Several websites, including BeliefNet, show like-minded images of Jesus.  Everything from stains on rocks to fudge syrup on ice cream display images that people attribute to holy icons.

My wise friend, Wylene, told me that a teacher she greatly respected taught there are some things which are so holy that they should not be shared.  The question should be:  Will this bring ridicule to Christ, if I share it?

For years, I thought that to be open, you needed to share everything.  However, once I was published and began speaking to large groups, I became more selective.  Most teachers, preachers and public speakers must learn how much to share about their personal lives.  The bottom line for me is:  Don’t embarrass The Reader by sharing too much information.  Because I don’t want to embarrass them, I’m extremely selective regarding what I share about my family.  I must also be cautious about sharing  my private relationship and interaction with the Lord.

I believe that this receipt is truly important to the South Carolina couple.  They are convinced that the Lord has given them a precious gift.  Yet, others may laugh and ridicule their holy event.  Therefore, I believe that releasing it to the news is TMI.

 

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