In our busy, stress-filled lives, sometimes we need to sit back and do a reality check on whether our lives mirror the Lord Jesus Christ’s love.

A room-service waiter at a Marriott hotel learned that the sister of a guest had just died. The waiter, named Charles, bought a sympathy card, had hotel staff members sign it, and gave it to the distraught guest with a piece of hot apple pie.

“Mr. Marriott,” the guest later wrote to the president of Marriott Hotels, “I’ll never meet you. And I don’t need to meet you, because I met Charles. I know what you stand for…I want to assure you that as long as I live, I will stay at your hotels. And I will tell my friends to stay at your hotels.”

Charles’ kind action made a lasting impression on that guest. And not only did the guest feel that Charles did a good job, but the waiter’s action brought honor to Marriott Hotels.

This is why as Christians we need to periodically stop and examine our lives. Is every aspect of our existence bringing glory to our Lord Jesus? Would someone we know say to the Lord someday, “I trusted You, Lord, and the payment You made on the cross for my sins after my friend showed such a clear difference in his life after he got saved”? Will this be said of you? Are others finding spiritual satisfaction because your life has told them where to look for it?

A life lived for Christ is one of the best sermons. – Unknown Author

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder