Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Honor of the House

Highclere Castle
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
At the insistence of our son, my husband and I began watching the PBS series, "Downton Abbey."

Being a fan of many historical novels, especially Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, he felt certain that we would like this particular series, set in a fictional Yorkshire country estate and depicting the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era.

He was right.  We have greatly enjoyed the series.

At a particular point in one episode, the butler, Mr. Carson, is cautioning the staff downstairs that everything they do is a reflection upon the family and the family's honor.  He continued that the desire of everyone in the house (referring of course to the staff) was to reflect honorably upon the Lord of the house.

Immediately my mind flew to our relationship with our Lord.  Indeed, everything we do does reflect upon the Lord of our house. As Christians, what we say, how we say it, even our general countenance, reflects upon the Lord Jesus Christ.  And as Mr. Carson so succinctly expressed it, we desire to reflect honorably upon the Lord of our house.

Let us remember that there is always a world watching.  There is always a testimony being given, even when no words are being spoken, and we want what we are saying to be reflecting what our Lord would want us to say.

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
giving thanks to God and the Father by Him."  Colossians 3:17

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