It will all come out in the wash.

It will all come out in the wash.

I love these sayings that are found all over the world. This one means the truth will be known soon.

Luke 12: 1-3

Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.

Hypocrisy tries to hide who you really are not what you have really done.

There are things that we have done which actually no one will ever know.

No one knows that for the first 6 months of me being a minister I preached a whole box of my dad’s sermons verbatim, well, the ones I could decipher his hand-writing!

No one knows of when I got caught speeding at 96 mph up the A6 heading to a suicide bid and was taken to Penrith court and fined £100. No one knows because my case was first in court and the journalist hadn’t arrived by then!

No one knows that on one of my first Mission trips overseas on filling in an immigration form, not knowing where exactly I would be staying, I panicked and made up a complete false address and telephone number.

No one will ever know things I have done! (With the exception of God of course!)

But hiding who I really am is not that simple. It seeps through eventually.

The truth is I get nervous if in an awkward silence, so I will make inappropriate jokes if I can. I have been accused publicly of being frivolous.

The truth is I desperately want to succeed in what I do, so I will work long hours. I have been accused publicly of being a workaholic.

The truth is I long to know God more than I do and I love the Bible more than any other book, so I will get up very early in the morning to read it. I have been accused of living an unsustainable life.

There are things I have done that no one will ever know, but who I am keeps coming through time and again and people either read or misread my actions.

But if I pretend to be someone who I am not then eventually it will catch up with me.

At some point the make-up will run (not that I wear it; that will never be a confession!).

It will all come out in the wash. Who I am will surface.

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