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  A Cross for All to See - by Harold HostetlerIt was the morning before Ash Wednesday many years ago. As I was shaving before going to work in Honolulu, where I was a newspaper reporter, a thought struck me: Tomorrow Lent will begin.What can I do this year to deepen my commitment to Christ?Some Christians give up things for Lent, such as coffee or desserts; others choose forms of service,such as visiting patients in nursing homes. I'd never really observed Lent. But a year and a half earlier I'd become serious about living a Christian life, and now, for the first time, Lent seemedimportant to me. Why? Lord, I prayed aloud, I've never considered 'giving up' anything for Lent. What do You want meto do? At once a quietly insistent inner voice replied: Buy a cross and wear it around your neck over yourshirt.The face in the bathroom mirror frowned back at me. I'd grown up in a home where religioussymbolism was frowned upon, where wearing jewelry was considered worldly. And besides,wouldn't my wearing a cross be construed as ostentatious, fanatical?As I wiped away the remaining lather, I studied the face reflected back at me. This was not the faceof an individualist or exhibitionist. This was an observer, one who preferred to be on the sidelinestaking notes. To walk into the newsroom with a cross dangling from my neck would mean...stares,stifled amusement, possibly contempt. Surely God wasn't asking me to do that!Then that inner voice gently chided: Hal, I died on the cross for you. Won't you wear the cross forMe?The following day, after parking my Volkswagen at the News Building, I found myself hesitating.On the front of my chest, suspended from a black nylon cord, hung a gleaming chrome-plated crossthree inches long.Finally I could stall no longer. On the way up the stairs I pretended not to be watching out of thecomer of my eye for the reaction of other employees. In the newsroom several reporters greeted me,and the city editor nodded hello.But to my surprise, no one even appeared to notice the cross!In fact, during that entire season of Lent, I wore the cross every day, and no one ever asked me why.No one stared. No one treated me differently. Yet the cross was there for all to see.But if the cross made no difference to them, it did to me. During those six and a half weeks, everyone of my actions was reflected in that chrome-plated cross. I saw myself resisting the temptation tobe antagonistic in a difficult interview, holding to the speed limit on the freeway, returning a dollar tothe supermarket checkout clerk who'd given me too much change. No matter what role I was  playing-reporter, motorist, shopper, husband, father-the cross encouraged me to perform as aChristian.Since that Easter I continue to wear the cross from time to time, not just to show people who I am,but to remind myself who I'm supposed to be. Guide Post   http://www.guideposts.org  ~ Freee Book : The Miracle of Tithing ; by Mark Victor Hansen http://www.calameo.com/books/00127522718a6e0fef72d http://www.scribd.com/doc/87058897 http://www.librarything.com/work/11431http://books.google.com/books?id=zUznPQAACAAJhttp://www.worldcat.org/oclc/52788339 Free e Book : Super Power Breathing: For Super Energy, High Health & Longevity ; by Patricia Bragg http://www.calameo.com/books/0012752277f06d864fae7 http://www.scribd.com/doc/87058552 http://librarything.com/work/9216551http://books.google.com/books?id=l0LxOy_M-5YC http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/41437619  book  : Faith Like Potatoes ; by Angus Buchan http://librarything.com/work/2886793http://books.google.com/books?id=LUN2Ci003esC http://shalomtrust.co.za book  : George Muller: Man of Faith and Miracles ; by Basil Miller http://librarything.com/work/1547177http://books.google.com/books?id=QKweK4HIxX4Chttp://www.worldcat.org/oclc/21343056    TEACHING MILLIONS ~ Robert Raikes http://www.calameo.com/books/0012752276898915e2024 http://www.scribd.com/doc/87058598  book  : Jesus, a Farmer, and Miracles ; by Angus Buchan http://shalomtrust.co.za book  : Revival, A People Saturated with God ; by Angus Buchan http://shalomtrust.co.za book  : When Heaven Invades Earth ; by Bill Johnson http://www.librarything.com/work/586962http://books.google.com/books?id=AfU2GBFydqAChttp://www.worldcat.org/oclc/54360037 book  : How to Heal the Sick; by Charles Hunter http://librarything.com/work/953145http://books.google.com/books?id=TmxrPAAACAAJ http://joanhunter.org Your Local Foodbank   Needs YouPlease Help. Thank YOU! http://www.calameo.com/books/001275227e3068de6637f  http://www.scribd.com/doc/86956882  ~ Praise God ~ Be Thankful ~ Forgive ~ Receive the Blessings ~ Give God the Glory ~   Please Email this PDF File to friends and others who are concerned about our children's future andour grandchildren's future. http://www.calameo.com/books/001275227fdaaa5b94117 http://www.scribd.com/doc/86973570  Thank you for all of your help ~
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