A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith

A Simple Life, a Childlike Faith


TMI

posted by Linda G. Howard

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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