So we’re all pretty mad about horsemeat being found in beef products. The general consensus seems to be that the horror is not actually that we might have eaten horse, but because it was advertised and sold as something else.
It has raised a question for me though about how often something is not what it says on the tin. And I don’t mean whether there is in fact chicken in vegetarian sausages. I mean people. Us. Me and you.
Are we on the inside what we “sell” ourselves to be on the outside?
Are you really kind and nice to people, then think bitchy things about them? Do you know a lot of stuff but see it make no difference in your life? Are you an “I’m fine” person, regardless of what’s going on in your heart?
Of course we’re not going to say everything that comes to our mind, and we’re not going to bare our deepest secrets to everyone. But if we spend more time filtering whats inside before it comes out than being ourselves we have to question what’s going on at the core.
I have been challenged recently to spend more time caring about what God thinks of me than what other people might think, because at the end of my life it’ll be Him I answer to. It says in the bible,
“God doesn’t look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart”.
I have always thought of this in relation to physical appearance. But actually I think it’s more. It really doesn’t matter what so and so thinks of how trustworthy, knowledgeable, kind I am. What matters is what is true, what I’m really like. That’s what matters to God. That’s what should matter to me.
Focusing on what God thinks – or knows – is what makes the biggest difference to the real me on the inside, which changes the outward stuff too. If I really get this, if I truly care more about his opinion than the voices in the world (or in my head!), not only will I be free from the preoccupying worry about how things appear, but I’ll find it comes easier to be kind, trustworthy, patient, and all these other things. Because this is what my creator always intended me to be. And only He can change me on the inside. And only if I let him. If I let him get to the real me.