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Have You Changed Jesus or Has Jesus Changed You?

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15 This is one of my favorite verses. I completely believe that everyone should c­­­onstantly examine their own beliefs actions. If you don’t seek input from a variety of others (not just those who affirm you) then it is guaranteed that you are going to be foolish in some area of your life. Trust me, this totally relates to today’s passage! When I was in college, I was working as a waitress at a local seafood restaurant. One of the waitresses that I worked with was a single mom who had just gotten out of an abusive relationship. She came from a family where most of her relatives hadn’t completed high school and none had gone to college. She moved to Boone, N.C. hoping to build a better life for her son. She got an apartment close to Mayflower Seafood and walked to work. She found a neighbor who she could pay to watch her son while she was at work. I was always trying to find little ways to help her even though I was struggling too. One day we were working the lunch shift together and it was a really slow day. We took turns waiting on tables. When it was my turn, I saw a very wealthy family from my church come in with some of their equally wealthy friends. I immediately thought, “Ka-ching! This group will make my afternoon!”  Then I thought of my friend and I made an excuse to let her wait on them. They were boisterous and friendly. They demanded a lot from my friend, but she was super sweet. They prayed loudly when they got their meal and they talked to my friend about Jesus. They stayed for a long time and I agreed to stay past my shift to help her clean up after them. When they finally left, we eagerly went to the table to see what kind of tip they had left. We didn’t see anything! We picked up all the plates, nothing. I just knew that they had to have left something, so I checked the floor. Then I went to the cashier, maybe they had left it with her…no….nothing! I looked…