In the Eyes of…

In the Eyes of…

Key Texts: Second Corinthians: 8:21

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

Paul was writing about a particular act of ministry and charity – an offering to be exact – and how it should be carried out.

What really caught my attention in this particular section of scripture, however, was this business of being under watchful eyes: both the eyes of God and our fellow human beings.

I am impressed by that idea, that as persons of faith we should always remember who is watching us.

We should remember the example we are setting by our attitudes; the opinions we express and how we express them; how charitable we are (or not), not only with our possessions but with our very selves.

We live in controversial times and I am the first to say that we should be willing to take difficult stands for our faith when necessary.

I also believe that we need to always say and do things in such a way so that we can rest easy that in the eyes of the Lord and the eyes of man we need not be ashamed. Sometimes, we can forget that – especially when it easy to “put something out there” for public consumption.

We are not perfect, so there will no doubt be times when we fail at that.

I believe, though, that God will help us – if we ask – to find the right words and take the right actions at just the right time – to send the right message.

People are watching. God is watching. Let’s do what’s right, in Christ’s name.


By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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