“The supreme test of goodness is not in the greater but in the smaller incidents of our character and practice; not what we are when we are standing in the searchlight of public scrutiny, but when we reach the firelight flicker of our homes; not what we are when some clarion-call rings through the air, summoning us to fight for life and liberty, but our attitude when we are called to sentry-duty in the gray morning, when the watch-fire is burning low. It is impossible to be our best at the supreme moment if character is corroded and eaten into by dail inconsistency, unfaithfulness, and besetting sin.” ~F.B Meyer
A good rule of thumb: If you wouldn’t want somebody you were trying to witness to see what you’re doing or hear what you’re saying, is it truly worth doing or saying? It’s food for thought.
I’ve done many drama/theater productions over the years, and one thing I’ve always remembered is this, “When you’re on stage, somebody in the audience is looking at you. There is always somebody watching you,” as a reminder not to fall out of character. That statement rings true in real life too. There will always be someone watching you, either following your example, or watching for glimpses of the Savior they so desperately need. I hope that I live in a way that is showing the world my Savior. Even when I don’t think anyone’s watching, I want to develop good character habits so that when the pressure is on, I fall back on good habits and not bad ones. I don’t understand how Christians who talk about being “salt and light” in our world fail to realize that they need to start at home, with their normal, daily lives, and develop habits that will truly be salt and light.