Debbi and Daniel are home for the summer – it such a joy to have them in our daily life again! Debbi still has oatmeal every morning for breakfast, by the way, and is generally very careful and conscious about what she eats. Aware of that, I spent quite a bit to have a variety of “healthy” food in the house before her coming. Or so I thought.
“Mommy, this is just full of sugar,” she said in reaction to the granola bars in the drawer. “This tomato soup doesn’t even have tomatoes in it!” Or, “the whole wheat biscuits are nothing but chemicals. DID YOU READ THE LABEL?” So much for my attempts at healthy eating. (Thankfully, we stocked up on the real stuff instead: fresh vegetables, raw grains and non-processed staples).
But it made me think: how often do we base decisions on what things appear to be like, rather than what they actually are? How often do we try to present the façade of something that is not real?
God definitely reads our label. “You perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways” (Ps 129:2b-3).
Our son Daniel told me in a text message last week “Mommy, I think you seem like a real person.” I was not sure what that meant – but he was gracious enough to add a second line. “That’s a good thing.” So I took it as a compliment.
I hope that God, as well as men, find what they expect when they look at me more closely. I guess it’s called integrity: a list of ingredients inside that matches the title on the cover.
With all the failures, faults and weaknesses, Lord, help me be real.