Reading from the “Good Book” is a great source of inspiration and wisdom. In the New Testament in the book of Acts chapter 17 the Apostle Paul is described in a way that should give all of us pause to think. It says:
“And Paul, as his manner was, went unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures.”
In other scriptures regarding Paul it says:
“Paul was pressed in the spirit and testified that Jesus was the Christ.”
“And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God”
There is no question that Paul was a worker…a person driven by his new knowledge of the Savior and a person that did not have any time to waste. He sought out opportunities to engage and to testify and those around him knew that about him…therefore the descriptor “as his manner was” was a simple observation by those who knew him.
You and I also “have a manner” about us. You should not care about what people think or say of you but that does not mean that people don’t think about or speak about you. What are people saying about you? What would follow the statement:…. And (your name here), as his/her manner was, did ………what?
Would they say that you are honest, hard-working, pay your debts, are nice to people who don’t deserve it..would they say that you are a peacemaker..a person that gets it done?
Or would they say that “as your manner was”, you didn’t return what you borrowed, you were once again not on time, you were not prepared, you stretched the truth, you didn’t do what you said you were going to do….need I go on?
Doing the right thing is not to make sure that people speak kindly of you. Indeed, sometimes doing the right thing makes people speak unkindly of you.
We do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. When you make the right choices your character and your good name will be whispered and then shouted out even if nary a word is said. People who cross your path will just know that this is your “manner”…the way you are and that it is good.
The HighFive Your Life principle: Stand by your principles and choose the right things in life regardless of the chatter around you. Your “manner” will speak for itself.