How would you define your witness to the world? If a stranger could define you in five words, what would they be? As Christians, we should be in a process of transformation of becoming more like Christ. You should be better than you were yesterday or at least learned something from it. We don't change that quickly, do we?
I want to give two examples of people I do not know but was a witness to their walk. Our reactions to bad situations can affect our witness to others.
The other day my dad and I were in Kohl's waiting for a worker to find the flashlights that were on sale. Another lady was waiting on customer service too and she was fit to be tied. Her anger was as obvious as the smoke coming out of her ears. As we checked out, I heard the worker apologize for the problems she encountered. The lady then said 'well I'm sorry for yelling.' Do our problems justify the means in which we get them solved? No, Jesus never threw a hissy fit.
Back during my cruising days, I was driving down Camp Robinson but looking backwards at some cute guys. I totally rear ended the car in front of me. It was totally my fault and I was ready for a blame-filled, tongue lashing. The man got out and I let him speak first...maybe, hopefully I said I'm sorry first. He looked at the cars and said, 'I don't see any damage.' Are you sure? We agreed no harm, no foul and I high-tailed it out of there for the night. Being in the right doesn't always justify retribution but forgiveness pays off a greater reward.
May your witness to the world be the same as the one you want it to be in your heart and mind.