Good, Bad, and Ugly

Have you ever had one of those days!

Yesterday afternoon amidst the craziness of kids, and homework, and dinner, etc. our dogs started barking. I yelled from the kitchen, “Shut Up”… but those darn dogs kept barking and carrying on. Finally they stopped. A few minutes later they started again, and again I yelled, “SHUT UP!” Not wanting to stop what I was doing in the kitchen, I hoped my yelling would be enough to make them stop. Eventually, the dogs stopped barking… only to have them start AGAIN! I was mad!. I went storming into our living room with such force and screamed “SHUUUUUUT UUUUUUP”. It was then that I noticed what they had been barking about all along…

…our daughter’s soccer coach was standing at the door.

Apparently, our doorbell wasn’t working… so as he stood there waitng for us to answer the door he heard all of my crazy yelling at the dogs… not the best ‘first impression’… especially for a pastor 🙂

Well… you know what they say, “who you really are is that person you are when you think no one is looking”. I guess I need some work. In Luke 12:2-3 Jesus is warning against the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of the day saying:

Nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed from the housetops.

Thankfully, my behavior wasn’t that bad… or hypocritical (I yell a lot for all to hear), but the heart of the matter is this… everything we say and do and are will eventually be seen by others. Eventually, people will see the good, the bad, and the ugly in us. The more mindful we are of encouraging the good and discouraging the bad and the ugly… the better off we will be.