We were at a Men's Prayer meeting this morning and the coordinator of the meeting was discussing the missing members. He told the group that all the missing members were accounted for (meaning that none were ill that no one knew about.) Then he spoke of one man we'll call "John".
He said, "We don't know what John is doing, but we know he loves the Lord, so we know he is OK."
What an incredible testimony to be said of "John". Basically it was, we don't know what he is up to right now, but we know him well enough to know he wouldn't do anything that would bring dishonor to his Lord. I don't think you can have anyone say anything much better of you than that.
The men in this Prayer Meeting are all wonderful Christian men who dedicate one morning of their week to pray over a sheet full of prayer requests. They take this job very seriously and they don't gather to gossip or tell jokes or stories. (Although a joke or story or two might be told along the way.) Their purpose is to pray and they DO pray. It is always an honor and a blessing to us when we are invited and available to attend their meeting (I am especially blessed to be the only woman in the room.) To have a group of stellar Christian men make this type of statement about one of their own, gives the testimony even more weight.
Would that my life would be lived so that others would speak so of me in my absence.
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing,
that He which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ"