No One Looking? By Nicole O’Dell
Those moments in life. . .you know the ones. When you have a costly choice to make and since no one’s looking it’s tempting to take the easy and more temporarily rewarding road.
Cheating on an important exam. You need this grade for college and the teacher stepped out of the room. Why not take a little peek at your neighbor’s paper?
Snatching a $20 from mom’s purse. She never knows how much is in there and you want to go to the movies. She’s napping, so why not just take it?
Look away from bullying. No one knows you know, so what are you supposed to do? Take a stand and have them turn on you? Why not just walk away and let someone else handle it?
Porn pop-ups. No one’s watching. Why not take a peek? It’s normal to be curious, right?
etc. etc. etc.
It’s easy to wear the persona of a good, honorable, Christ-like person when people are watching because the immediate reward of recognition and reputation are valuable to most Christians. But what about when the prying eyes are gone, no one is keeping track of your choices, and the temptations are hitting hard? What then?
“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.” Coach John Wooden
Reputation is based only on what you’ve let other people see about you and how they’ve chosen to shape their opinion based on what they’ve seen. And reputation is fleeting; it can change like the direction of the wind and though our words and ations do have an effect on our reputations, it is largely depended
But character, honor, integrity–those are all within you. Those three qualities make up the full truth of who you really are which cannot be altered or stolen by anyone’s opinion. Their mark on you is borne from either taking a stand, sacrificing desire, defending truth. . .or from giving in to temptation, chasing the world, and hiding from personal cost. They are truth.
You ARE what you do when no one is looking.
What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their evil deeds in the dark!
“The Lord can’t see us,” they say.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on!”
How foolish can you be?
He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you, the clay!
Should the created thing say of the one who made it,
“He didn’t make me”?
Does a jar ever say,
“The potter who made me is stupid”?
What choice will you make when you’re alone and temptation strikes?
Need help making your choices? Check out the Scenarios for Girls series. You actually get to make the choices FOR the main characters. See what happens as a result of YOUR choices!