Let me ask you a question, if you were to tell your friends you are a Christan would they be surprised?
Mmmm! That question messed me up a couple weeks ago when I was first asked that. It was one of those times I was like, Gosh! Lord, you are really wrecking me for Your glory. I've been thinking about it a lot recently and thought I would share my thoughts and opinion and my heart on it all.
If I were to answer this question I would say no people would not be surprised at all to hear I am a Christian. But I would add that there have been decisions I've made that would've surprised people. My example has not been the best at times and I'm ashamed of that. I know that even though I may not think so, people are always watching me and I can have an affect on people.
For example, some of the music I was listening to was not very good to be putting in my head much less allowing others to put in their head as well. There were times I could've said you know that's not really honoring to God or what He wants for us. We are better than that, but instead I kept quiet and moved on.
Now I'm trying really hard to be the best I can be and to be all God has made me to be. I mean why settle for less than God's best? He has so much more in store for me and for you than you can ever imagine! Don't let the world and its lies deceive you. The people who claim the "good life" is partying, drinking, smoking, having sex outside of marriage is a complete and total LIE! The Good Life would be living for Jesus, walking in His ways, living life the way He intended. Some people say you can't have any fun if you're a Christian, well that's not true because living for Him has been the best, most amazing, fun, adventure/journey of my life and it continues to be each and every day! :)
Any who, getting back to what I was saying, there is so much we can do to simply be an example of Christ not only to our friends but to the people around us. Strangers. Who knows they might not be strangers for long depending on God's plan for them in our lives. :) Like my pastor told me, sometimes the greatest motto in life is "Do the right thing." Even if its not popular, even if you get made fun of, even if you lose some friends over it, do the right thing! The best way to be is God's way. Always remember, it may not seem like it at the time, but it is well worth it to live for Christ. The reward comes after you've finished the race. I pray you're encouraged! I love you all! Stay in Him.