A friend of mine told me once that the people who turned him off of Christianity were the Christians. Unfortunately, that is true much more often than it should be. However, if we are a people who truly believe, our lives should reflect it. Everything we do should shine with what we know. When it doesn’t shine, we need to step back and look at how we have gotten out of balance. In that way, we won’t be part of the problem. A good self-check is listed in Galatians, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal 5:22) If I’m not seeing these things in my life, I need to turn back and find them again, because the last thing I want is to be the reason someone turns away.