clariceIf you have never known someone like Clarice King you have missed one of the most compelling proofs, that there is a God, and that He is good. It hurts my soul to think that so many haven’t met such fine human beings. If I had never seen them, and known their kindness, and marveled at their patience, and “kicked my shoes off” in the comfort of their love, I don’t know if just the stuff I read in a book would have done it for me.

If I had not seen such a wonderful parallel in real life with what I read on the written page it would be virtually impossible to believe what was on the page alone. It would be just too much for my already small and often anemic faith. There would be just too much incongruity between the claims of the Christ and what may actually be lived.

I am so thankful for the ones in my life, however few they be, that looked like, acted like, and talked like the One Who made all that character possible. I hope you know the kind I mean? Patient in adversity. Kind to everyone (even the most undeserving). Always encouraging. Always quick with a smile. Always serving others. They come from all walks of life, all sizes, and races, and nationalities, and ages. They are sometimes the one you least suspect will possess these qualities. You might not see them at all because they care nothing for coming into the spotlight so you can even notice them—much less admire them.

They likely won’t be interviewed on the news. Moral failure, hypocrisy, greed, and illegal behavior make better press. Too many would prefer to believe there is no such thing as a real Christian. I guess I can’t blame them. If they’ve never met one, what else would you conclude?

 

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