As a budding chemist, you have just come up with the greatest idea for freezing a soft drink without losing its fizz and snap. You write up your idea – explaining the chemistry behind it and why you are sure the carbonated fizz will not be adversely affected by the freezing and thawing process. You submit your article to the leading scientific soda journal for publication.

Your parents, grandparents and all your uncles and most of your aunts think it’s a great article. Even your cousins rush to purchase the next three editions of the soda journal; but your story never appears. Finally, you get word back and your heart sinks.

Your story had been subjected to a ‘Peer Review’ and, ultimately, it was rejected. Other chemists have reviewed your article. They concluded you were out-to-lunch and your methodology was seriously flawed. Your parents might think you’re an outstanding young chemist with an exceptional future. They may be wowed by your brilliance, but your professional chemist peers have given you a thumbs-down.

Spiritually, what kind of reviews do your peers give you? How you act around your parents or when you are visiting Aunt Alice may be different than how you behave around your peers. Auntie may text your dear parents and tell them what an outstanding young woman you are.

A perfect, humble, gracious, caring, saintly, one-of-a-kind, young Christian woman, indeed!

But what reviews would your peers give you?

David was only a teenager, out in the fields caring for his father’s sheep. He was a bit of a harpist and seemed to enjoy plucking strings – making music for the Lord. King Saul was battling unpredictable mood swings.  Music seemed to be an effective therapeutic intervention for him. The palace officials put together a Search Committee to select a suitable music therapist.

A young member of the palace staff suggested young David.

One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the LORD is with him.” 1 Samuel 16:18

It wasn’t his father or Aunt Alice singing his praises; it was a peer. Somewhere along the way, another young guy met David and he was deeply impressed with his musical talents. But he was impressed with much more than the music he made. It seems he was impressed with David on all fronts: his courage, the wise and careful words he spoke and his spiritual depth. Then he adds: “And to top it all off, the Lord is obviously with him!”

Is it possible one of your audiences see a side of you the others are missing completely? Are there two yous?

If tragedy struck and a funeral was being held for you, would your peers be shocked to hear what your Sunday School teacher or an elder or the preacher had to say about you? Would they look at each other, roll their eyes and whisper: “Wow! We never saw that side of her.”

Would my peers say what David’s peer said about him: “And the Lord is with him?”

Walk carefully and closely with the Lord today.

Warmly in Christ
Peter Ramsay

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