Looks can be deceiving


I remember in the last days of my Daddy’s life, a nurse came up to me and said that my Daddy was the best looking dying man she ever saw. Within 3 days of her comment he died.

Now you could hear the sadness in his voice, and also see it in his eyes if you really looked and listen hard enough. But within those three days it started to show, he had many stokes which caused him to lose his speech, and movement.

I remember a lady in my home town that would walk around with her head down all the time. She was mean, and never had anything good to say about anybody. She was married, and had children but it was like she had disconnected with them. I asked my Aunt Lena, “What’s wrong with her?” She said, “She died a long time ago, because of the words of the people and family in this town killed her.” I laughed and said, “She is not dead, she is walking around!” My Aunt Lena said, “You don’t have to close your eyes to be dead.”

How many times have we seen people that looked good, go to work everyday, and raise their families, but inside they are dying or already dead? They are dying because of bitterness, un-forgiveness, selfishness, fear, and other sins that kill us on the inside, but only show later in life on the outside.

For years they will seem like everybody else, but the closer they get to actually dying you will hear it in their voice, and see it in their eyes. When you speak of others being successful they will always speak negatively about that person. You will notice how they look at someone they are envy of when they walk into a room. Within days, or months they finally die, and they begin to walk around with their head down, become bitter, un-forgiveness will sit in, and they become very selfish, and controlling. They can become very moody, and usually drink a lot, or some other self medications.

Looks can be deceiving when you only look from the outside. Some of you are in relationships with people like this, but you are not paying attention to the signs. Unlike my Daddy they can come back to life, because they are broken but not beyond repair.

Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides.”
André Malraux


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