"so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6:18
The above verses show ways that we develop and maintain our character as a Christian. We should not seek to gain attention for ourselves when we do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. He is the only One we should seek to please...and He knows what we do when no one else does.
I had a 'develop my character' moment one Friday afternoon when I went to the local drugstore to buy tickets for the high school football game. They lady selling the tickets told me that children 1st grade and older needed a ticket. I only had my three year old with me, but my six year old would be joining us for game. My first inclination was to just buy a ticket for myself and my husband because my six year old could pass as four. No one would know the difference. Surely they won't ask how old he is at the gate. Then that small voice whispered in my ear, "Do you not remember the devotions that you read this morning? What kind of character are you developing if you are deceitful about a football ticket? What if they do ask your child? Will you tell him to lie?"
Then that other voice, you know the loud one that tries to get you to do the wrong thing, says, "Oh, who's gonna know? Something as small as a football ticket isn't gonna make a difference in eternity is it? You really need the money right now and they are $6!"
"The man of intergrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out." Proverbs 10:9
Oh what to do? I wouldn't have thought twice about this a few months ago, but now I really was convicted about a silly football ticket.
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