We hear stories all the time of seemingly good people doing terrible things. Things like fraud, theft, adultery, and even murder. Friends and family will say things like, "He was such a good person", "I can't believe she would do something like this", "That was so out of character for him", "She was always so nice to her neighbors and coworkers", etc.
These people have built a good reputation with others. They have spent countless hours working on their image and the story they portray to others. They are friendly and well liked by most people.....especially those outside their home. They do everything in their power to help others. But it's not really about serving others. The approval and accolades that they get for being so helpful fills the emptiness and quiets the insecurities in their life. Unfortunately, the insecurities are so great that they don't stay quiet for long.
Many times the people that they live with see a very different person. They see the true character that's hidden behind the mask. They see the lack of spiritual discipline and character flaws. They see the ugly outbursts and hear the words that are spewed out in anger. Words that are never spoken to the outside world. They want others to know the truth but the image is so great that nobody would believe them.
Over time, life will push and squeeze and reveal a person's true character. What's on the inside will spill out and reveal what's in the heart. For some people, it will reveal kindness, integrity, honesty, loyalty and respect. It will show that they have taken the time necessary to build a strong foundation.
However, for the one's who have avoided the work it will reveal dishonesty, hatefulness, disgrace and laziness. The mask will fall off and everyone will see that they have been fooled by a great performance. They will realize that it had all been a lie.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.