As followers of Jesus, we should be winsome. This doesn’t mean “popular,” in the way that it is commonly understood in our culture. Instead, it means that as we live our lives we are identified by love and faithfulness. Because of the fruit of our faith, and the way that we interact with others that God has placed in our lives, we should be the best friends, the most committed spouses and outstanding employees.
As the sage put it, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name with God and man” (Proverbs 3:3-4).
Most importantly, when we manifest the fruit of our faith, we will “win favor and a good name” with God. In addition, a fringe benefit is that we will also find favor with those around us. Jesus and Samuel were both said to have “found favor with God and man” (1 Samuel 2:26; Luke 2:52).
Mareb is one of these types of people. As one of our standout teachers, she is usually found surrounded by friends. Fellow faculty members, staff and students all respect her, and her contagious smile is a blessing to everyone who knows her.
I was reminded of the depth of her relationships when Heidi, a volunteer from previous years, visited last summer. When Mareb and Heidi reconnected, it was like they were long-lost sisters who couldn’t get enough time together!
As Mareb honed her teaching skills under the tutelage of Lynn Fisher, Colorado Christian University Professor and a member of our Board of Trustees, she quickly earned a reputation as one of the best. Not only does she inspire the students that she teaches, Mareb is clearly committed to demonstrating the love and faithfulness of God to everyone she meets.
In a world where we encounter so much darkness, may we remember that the light of God’s love and faithfulness is in us, and freely share it with others.