Me the Hypocrite?

I’ve been thinking about hypocrisy the last several days. Specifically, I was asking myself the question, “How many things do I teach and say that I don’t live out?”

If you ask me what the right balance is between work and recreation, do I just give you a logical answer? Or can I tell you, “Look at my life. I think it’s a pretty good example.”

If you ask me how much you should pour yourself into your work or your church (or wherever), do I merely give you a “right” answer? Or can I tell you, “Look at me. Give as much as I’m giving.”

If you ask me whether it’s worth spending $1000 for a specific purpose, would I actually live by the same answer if I had to decide for myself?

Our words can so easily become separated from our actions, and when that happens, we begin deceiving ourselves.

Last night, I was at the park, and a number of youth were hanging out by my car. I had to walk right past them to leave. Our church is currently looking for ways to interact more with the youth in town to reach out to them. I confess I’ve been somewhat vocal about this vision. But when I was given this very clear opportunity to interact with these very youth we want to reach, I passed it by. It was a huge reality check for me–do I really believe the things I say, especially if I don’t live them out even when opportunities are handed to me?

Here’s my goal, which honestly freaks me out a little because I don’t know if I will live by it, but:

  • To be someone who teaches nothing that I haven’t experienced or lived out
  • To be someone who casts vision first by action, then by an invitation to follow

In Isaiah 29:19, the Lord said, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”

I don’t want that to be me.

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  1. Thanks for what you have been writing the last few days.

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