Creative Work

Are You God?

Carolyn Caines & Richard Lawton

A small and tattered beggar boy
stood looking down the street.
His clothes were mostly patches,
and no shoes were on his feet.

He came upon a bakery;
he stood and peered inside,
for coming from the oven were
hot buns. He stared wide-eyed.

Bread with heart FTR TSP 461876051A soldier came along just then,
looked in the window too.
He eyed the situation
and decided what to do.

“Would you like one, son?” he asked.
The boy replied, “Oh, yes!”
The man bought one whole dozen
for the boy. (I’m sure you guessed!)

And as the soldier turned,
he left a tugging at his sleeve,
“Hey, Mister, are you God?”
Just think: Is God in you perceived?

—Carolyn Caines


Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above.
James 1:17a (NRSV)

IS GOD IN YOU? I am made in God’s image. Because people may look at me and expect to see something of God, I try to live as Jesus lived. He:

  • enjoyed life;
  • took an interest in other people, whoever they were;
  • acted out of love for other people;
  • stood up for what he believed and for who he was—even when it got him into trouble.

If people see these characteristics in me and identify them with God, my life is worthwhile.

—Richard Lawton

—from devozine (March/April 2005). Copyright © 2005 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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