Whether its in church, your own community or traveling on vacation, you’re bound to come into contact with an exceptional individual. On the surface, this person possesses character, personality and wisdom. Adorned by everyone, they seem too good to be true.
While on a week long mission trip in Jackson, Tennessee, I was introduced to one of the largest youth groups in the country. Based out of Rochester, Michigan, this church took several buses across the country each summer to serve needy communities. The president of this youth group appeared like he had it all together. As I began to develop friendships in the area, only one person saw through his phony witness. One year after losing touch, I heard through the grapevine that this saint fell from grace, arrested for running an under age gambling ring.
Call it jaded or desensitized, but I am usually not surprised by people who live double lives. Whenever you put others up on a pedestal, disappointment is a likely outcome. Therefore, if you think someone has it all together,don’t worship one of God’s creations. Rather, say a prayer for these individuals, hope for the best and trust in the Lord for a bright future.
by Jay Mankus