19 November 2008

Playing my part

Matthew 23:27, NIV
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean."

Thanks go to WordLife's thought for today for sparking me off on my blog.

I understand that the term 'hypocrite' comes from a Greek word, 'hypokrinesthai', meaning someone who is pretending, acting a part. The Greek word 'hypokrit─ôs' in fact means actor. While I'm considering my part (and indeed learning my lines!) for this year's Corps Carol Service I am very aware of the difference between playing a part and revealing the real me. And revealing the real me is very scary!

I can understand why so many actors spend their lives as a recluse. They are practiced at 'playing a part' and often seem to be living their lives under a mask. Make a wrong move or a bad performance and the critics savage you relentlessly. Being pursued by the press would only increase the pressure on them. No wonder so many have problems with drink or drugs, the pressure must be unbearable.

It's tough sometimes to be honest enough to take a stand as yourself. But that's the way I'm being led, so I guess I have to get used to it.


Anonymous said...


What I have learned especially over the last 4 years is to be myself. It has been one of the hardest things to do... but with God on my side people have learned to respect me for who I am, not what I have pretended to be and that has brought me much happiness.
every blessing

Colin M said...

Thanks for your comment. I'm sure you realised from all the chats we've had in the past few months that I'm still struggling with this. I've probably been hurt too many times.

Anonymous said...

It is very hard, I'm not saying at all it is easy. We serve a God who can and wants to heal those hurts, and I say Amen to that!