Some of the most exciting movies I’ve ever seen seem to provide that heart racing suspense as the “good guy” tries to avenge some sort of wrong by either acting as an imposter or switching out a priceless, jeweled egg with a hologram version. I’m not sure why, but the intrigue of a “white lie” gets me every time.
I wonder if that’s why I’ve struggled with being a phony in my own live. As a seemingly life-long believer I know the best cliché for the moment, the spiritual songs that are most relevant but if I really want to be honest with myself I have to ask this question: “Am I really bearing the fruit (proof) that a Christian should?”
Since the “proof is in the pudding”, it never hurts to take a moment and look at the recipe you’re cooking up. Here are 4 principles that help keep me honest.
Like most people, I’m a pretty busy guy. I wear a few hats, have a number of responsibilities and it can be challenging to stay the coarse. By taking a few moments each day to sit quietly, it affords me the opportunity to clear my mind, refocus my thoughts and harness my creativity. These are the moments when I feel closest to God…when I’m “away” from everything else.
2. Open Door
There are a handful of people who have an “open door” to my life. These are the people I trust the most to look me in the eye and tell me what I’m thinking or doing is a load of crap. There are two keys for this to work: you have to know whom to trust and you can’t become defensive.
3. Clear It Out
Keeping my schedule clear of things I don’t need to do helps me in my war against shallowness. We’ve all heard it before and have more than likely preached the sermon, “You can’t say ‘yes’ to everything.” By keeping my schedule clear of the non-essential, I allow myself to have time for the most meaningful tasks and vital relationships.
What relationship needs your immediate attention today?
4. Shut it Down
Have you ever felt like a cheap piece of meat when having a conversation with someone and they inevitably pull their phone out to check an alert or respond to a text message? I want to scream out, “I’M RIGHT HERE! CAN’T YOU GIVE ME 30 SECONDS, JACKHOLE?!?” Usually, I’ll loose interest in the conversation (obviously the other person has) and walk away. If you can’t give me your attention I don’t need to be there.
To be completely honest, I don’t treat my conversations with God much different. I allow myself to become distracted with my phone, email alerts, background music, the constant mental pounding of my to-do list and it plays a drum roll in my brain and many times I will cut the conversation short just to check on the alerts because they might need my attention.
If I have any hope in this world, I need to stop living like a “high quality replica” and start living like the unique masterpiece I was created to be.