Deeper and more destructive with time

When I lived in Toronto I marveled at how many statues there were. They were things like warriors riding on horses or heroes from a previous age.

From a distance they always looked impressive.

But the closer you got, the more cracks you saw. There were fault lines and chips and discoloration.

Isn’t that like you and me?

I’m not talking about physical cracks, but invisible ones. They’re cracks in our character that threaten our integrity as people. And the closer you look, the more you find!

Envy is a crack: eyes and hearts always lusting for what other people have and never being content.

Control is a crack: an insatiable need to manipulate people and conversations.

Smoldering anger is a crack: a quiet anger you just can’t shake that destructively seeps into your relationships.

I’m currently reading a dynamite book that offers some help. It’s called Home Run: Learn God’s Game Plan for Life and Leadership by Kevin Myers and leadership guru John C. Maxwell. In it, Maxwell says, “Unaddressed cracks in character only get deeper and more destructive with time.”

It makes me think of Proverbs 11:3 (NIV): “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”

It’s a question of integrity. If we don’t address the invisible cracks in our character, they’ll get worse with each passing day. And they won’t just threaten your own foundation, but the foundations of the people around you.

So what do you do?

Start with your thoughts. What thoughts do you have that dishonour God? That somehow smear his image within you?

Seal that crack before it spreads. When you do, you’ll be honouring your Maker, growing your integrity, and protecting the people you care about most.

By Matthew Ruttan

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