We all live a life on display, whether at work, school, relationships, or family. Not to be too creepy, but we are all being watched, every single one of us. Our actions and lives influence others far more than we know, emanating from the deepest parts of our souls.
We’re all living life on front street, showing our true selves to the world around us through our actions, our choices, and our love (or lack thereof). The question isn’t whether or not you’re being watched; the true question we all must ask is this: what message are we sending to our world through our daily lives?
I recently went to the opening night of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with my brother-in-law. Upon his request, I arrived in my jedi costume, walking around Target, a grocery store, and eventually the movie theater looking like I belonged on Tatooine rather than Earth. My appearance definitely drew attention, whether for better or worse. That night on front street, I was a jedi knight (which made me feel pretty awesome, I won’t lie).
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
Wait a minute…I thought this discussion was about reputation and how others see our lives on front street? What does character have to do with it?
Simply put, our actions flow from our character. Sooner or later, our true nature will surface, demonstrating the human being we have become, whether a creature of good or a creature of evil.
“You’re sick, sick as all the
Secrets that you deny
Sins like skeletons are so very hard to hide
You’re sick, sick as all the
Secrets that you deny
Sins like skeletons are so very hard to hide”
Sins like skeletons are so very hard to hide. Character drives us to seek truth, purity, life, and love. A life devoid of character is the enemy of such virtue, leaving us with a exhibition of skeletons crawling from beneath the skin.
Last year, we witnessed such a horrific decision by NFL running back Ray Rice, seeing his true character revealed in the assault on his girlfriend. His choices and his actions have forever changed the way we perceive him as a human being. His actions have determined his influence, which in this case, was incredibly destructive. Is there redemption? Yes. Will it take many years to regain the public trust? Absolutely.
Consider your life on front street, a display for the world to see. Who are you, really?
There’s a little problem in this equation that we like to hide away: we are all born into darkness. Every. Single. One.
“As it is written: ‘There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.’” – Romans 3:10-12
However, hope for new character is found in the scars of Jesus. Paul continues in the same chapter:
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:10-11, 22-24
Who are you? Who is Jesus to you?
We all have skeletons, hiding in the deepest parts of our being, demanding to crawl through our skin on front street. And yet, redemption is always there, waiting to be found in the scarred arms of the Lover of our souls.
As you live life on front street, I encourage you to seek the heart of Jesus, to pursue a life of character, and to live a life of love.