I recently received an email from a friend on the mission field. She talked about how the neighbors view her family as the “loud Americans” which, to be honest, just made me laugh. I have never met a family more peaceful than hers, and that frequently translates into a calm quietness. Even in those times when they have been stressed and beyond tired, they have still radiated a grace and peace that is absolutely beautiful. I love being close to them. I am refreshed being near them. When I am with them, I want to be more like Christ. Needless to say, I’m counting the time until their first furlough!
Every time I read Phil 4:4-7, and especially verse 5, I think of this family. Their attitude of rejoicing, their gentleness, and their peace. But, most of all, the distinct impression of the presence of the Lord.
That’s how I want to be. When people are around my family, I want them to sense peace. I want them to be caught up in an attitude of rejoicing. But, most of all, I want them to know that the Lord is near. We aren’t there yet, but we are growing in that direction. We are growing in our ability to rejoice as a family. We are growing in our kindness toward one another. We are learning to be calmer and less stressed.
We have so far to go, but I pray that more and more people who are near us will sent the presence of the Lord because of our gentleness.