Sunday, June 05, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Proverbs 28:8

One who walks in integrity will be safe,
but whoever follows crooked ways
will fall into the Pit.
Proverbs 28:8
Do you know my favorite measure of integrity?
It's who you are
when no one's looking.
How do you measure up? Do you whisper things out the side of your mouth that you wouldn't say to someone's face? Are there things you hide away from other's eyes? Is your public face the same as your private persona? Indeed, in private is there excess anger, a tendency toward addiction, a knowing superiority, or a threat of revenge. Who are you when no one's looking?
And how about this: How does this keep us "safe," rather than teetering us on the edge of a "fall"?
Ahh ... the edge of a fall? Which politician, public figure, star, or starlet has fallen this week? And yet, do you know the only difference between them and most of us? Their failures play out in the headlines. Our faults play out in quieter ways. Nevertheless, the hurts we cause to ourselves, our character, our family, and our small town reputation can be just as damaging.
Who are you when no one's looking?
In Christ's Love,
a guy who grew tired
of playing hide-and-seek
That's a really good question. I am trying to be the same person in public as in private. But who am I?

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