So, last night our great local police department blessed us with a visit because one of our new neighbors (and by new I mean only a week) complained that our dogs were barking too loud! Welcome to the neighborhood I guess! I was quickly reminded about how much I loved living in a close knit community! *Sarcasm*
I was so mad when Holly told me that and literally wanted to go out and knock on our neighbors doors and pull out the whole “come out and fight like a man” speech. Come out so I can see your face!
Took Jake for a walk and started to cool down! As I prayed and started to state my case to God and my disgust with humanity I started to think about this in regards to my own faith. Is my faith walk loud? Do people hear and see my faith on a daily basis, especially strangers like new neighbors? Does my walk with God catch people’s attention? How much do I really, truly stand up and how much am I ashamed to live out my faith because I want people’s approval.
By the time I was finished with my walk I was fine. Still wanted to go introduce myself to my neighbors, but for a different reason. Of course I want them to not be uptight and call police on my dogs, but more importantly I want them to see Jesus in my actions, my words, my life. Barking your faith at others doesn’t really work, I mean it didn’t for me! However, being bold and speaking loudly about your faith doesn’t have to be very vocal, it can be a whisper, a handshake, an act of kindness, an invitation to a meal, a helping hand in a home project, an interest in what other people do for a living….the list goes on an on.
I need to be more noisy while not scaring people off! But the point is I need to make some noise!
How much noise are you making?