The tattletale: How to find the real you

We all think we’re so clever.

We have a public self.  That’s the person that comes out at work, at school, or at church. That’s the person we show our kids and neighbors, our spouses and our friends.

We work very hard to create that person.

And then we have a private self. That’s the real me. The inner-man who’s heart is so full of confusion, selfishness and hidden desires. I keep that self hidden from others, often even from my own probing mind.

But there’s a tattletale out there.

Everytime I open my wallet, write a check, or swipe my credit card, it’s a revelation of who I really am.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” says Jesus.  I don’t think I like that verse, because my money is … mine. I earned it. I sweated it. I should be able to spend it as I wish, right?

But the truth of the matter is that my spending habits do reflect my heart.

If I spend money on mindless pleasures, pampering myself with the delights of this world, my heart isn’t in the right place.

If I spend money on constant entertainment, surrounding my senses with movies and concerts and events, my heart isn’t in the right place.
If I spend money on endless technology, upgrading gadgets and devices and computers, my heart isn’t in the right place.
If I say my heart is with the poor, or with missions, or with the church, but my wallet doesn’t cast a vote, then I’m deluded. If I speak of concern for my brother in need, but do nothing about it, then my faith is in vain.

How about you? What do you spend money on and do you think it reflects your inner-person?

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4 Responses to The tattletale: How to find the real you

  1. Brad says:

    Wow, great post. Yes, I think what we spend money on says a great deal about us. But so do our lips. I'm doing much better in the money department. A wife and children and a desire to serve Jesus by faith will do that. But this tongue of mine seems to continue to set the world on fire… And when Scripture tells me that this tongue is attached my heart, there really is no better telltale…at least for me.Brad

  2. I've heard it said that a person's god can be identified by calendar and checkbook.But perhaps they don't always tell the whole tale. The swipe at a fast food place has often been so I could both feed my kids and have time to help someone in need. Tonight, I went to a special late-night sale buying costume jewelry when I should have been home doing dishes—because the jewelry was a gift for two friends I met over the summer, who were with me for one last night before going back to a foreign country, whom I may never see again this side of heaven. It's WAY late at the moment (3:40 am here) and I should be in bed, but I wanted to connect with a few people in the blogsphere with whom I haven't spoken in a few days. With that, David, I bid you good night for me, good morning for you when you get this. 😀

  3. L.L. Barkat says:

    I love spending on food. I love sharing the food with my kids and their friends. I tend to spend money on charities that supply food too. It breaks my heart to see the pain of hunger.Really, I tend to spend charity money on whatever breaks my heart.Oh, but I am not averse to spending money on an exquisite meal for pleasure too. 🙂

  4. Cliff says:

    I like to translate it to…for where I spend my money is, there my heart also…

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