Our Public World – Our Private Battles

“We are naively inclined to believe that the most publicly active person is the most privately spiritual.  We assume that the larger the church, the greater it’s heavenly blessing.  The more information about the Bible a person posses, we think, the closer he or she must be to God.

Because we tend to think like this, there is the temptation to give imbalanced attention to our public worlds at the expense of the private.  More programs, more meetings, more learning experiences, more relationships, more busyness; until it all becomes so heavy at the surface of life that the whole thing trembles on the verge of collapse. Fatigue, disillusionment, failure, defeat all become frightening possibilities.  The neglected world can no longer hold the weight.”

From Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald, p. 15.

I’ve been lucky to have met some the “heroes” in life.   They have been a mix well-known music artist, writers, and pastors.   Most of the time, not always, I come away a little bit disappointed.  They aren’t always as great in person as I had pictured them to be.

To be honest, it isn’t fair to be disappointed because it has always been a brief meeting for an autograph or a picture.  We weren’t spending an afternoon getting to know each other!

The truth is, though, holding up people as “heroes” is a risky undertaking.   Because the ones that we do get to know will probably not be as awesome as we think.

Also, the people that we may often count on as “being a step above” are still just people and people, myself included, will disappoint others.

Not one of us can be as good as our public persona.   Something to do with our works being as filthy rags! (Isaiah 64:6) A good “outside” isn’t as good as a good “inside”.

 

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