How do I look?

On my walk this morning a man stopped me to ask for money. His opening gambit was, “Do you go to church? You look like you go to church.”

I didn’t have any money with me, but as I walked away, I was bemused by his comment. Should I be flattered, gratified or offended? What exactly does a person who goes to church look like?  I’m past middle-age and have gray hair. Does this fellow think all older women go to church? I only wish that were true!  It was still early, so I was pretty clean. Maybe this guy remembered that old saw, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Then, too, I was walking along at a pretty fair pace, so was it my apparent good health he was remarking about? I think I read a report somewhere saying regular church-goers are healthier than the general population.

As I smilewalked, I racked my brain. I think of myself as pretty ordinary-looking, so what was it? Passing another fellow walker and exchanging smiles and greetings, it occurred to me that I always smile at the people I meet along the way. Maybe that was what the man noticed.

I will never know, for certain, how this man knew I was a church-goer, (or if this was his way of trying to guilt me into a donation), but how marvelous it would be if all the world identified Christians by their cheerful smiles.

In Sunday School we used to sing, “Happiness is to Know the Savior”, and it still is.


If you like to read wholesome fiction from a Christian perspective, I invite you to drop by my author website http://jbhawker.com/.

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About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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One Response to How do I look?

  1. Olivia says:

    There is a story, and I hope I have the details correct. A man was walking down the street during WW2 in Britain and was struck by the demeanor of a police officer on the beat. He turned around and asked the officer the first question of the Westminster catechism.”What is man’s chief end?” The officer replied without skipping a beat, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” The first man said, “I knew you were a catechism man the first moment I set eyes on you.” Was it his calm in the midst of troubled times? What it his good nature? Who knows?

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