Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32xiv C r y s t a l L . R a t c l i f f time when you pick up your drink only to discover that a fly has landed and nearly drowned in your iced tea. The way I see it, you have two choices at that point. 1. Get the fly out and continue drinking it. 2. Dump the tea and get a fresh glass. Now some of you with stronger stomachs may be capable of choosing number one. I’ll admit that even I—who is known for having a very weak stomach—have been able to get the fly out and continue drinking; however, I never end up finishing the tea. No matter how much I try to convince myself that it is okay, I just can’t get that fly out of my mind; therefore my drink is set aside until it gets warm and even more unappealing. It doesn’t matter that the fly is gone. The tea has been tainted. Option number two seems a better choice for me. Fresh glass with fresh tea. All thoughts of the fly gone. Now I just have to work harder to keep the flies out of my tea. I could watch my glass carefully, waving off any potential suspects. This would be diligent work because we all know that those pesky flies are ruthless at an outdoor barbecue, buzzing around our food and drinks, trying to land. Or I could even try using a lid to keep the flies out of my tea. Both options would be ways that I could protect my tea. Some of you may already see where I am heading with this illustration. Ladies, we have to protect our Christian testimonies with diligence to prevent them from being tainted. The world is watching us and they know how a Christian should act. If we allow even one fly—maybe snapping at a salesclerk in frustration—in our life, we have done damage to our testimony. Even if God convicts us later