I was with a group of coworkers eating lunch in a busy restaurant. The person I rode with was seated with one group, and I was with another group. The people that I was with had arrived just minutes earlier and decided to head back. They were all in the same car, so I pulled up a chair with the others. One piped up, “are you going to pray for us?” and we all laughed.

The comment rattled around my head for the rest of the day and even now. Am I known as someone who will pray for others? Why did she say that?

Maybe, even if my role isn’t especially important, I do make some impact on the people around me. I want to be known for being a pray-er. I want to be known for all the things that the Bible lists as good. So often, I am good at making sarcastic and mean comments. I am good at gossip. I am good at exaggerating the truth. These are things that I wish I was not known for and that I wish I was bad at.

I want to be better at cultivating the fruits of the spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV).

What do you want to be known for?


Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25).

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life (Philippians 2:14-16).