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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My nose job...

I had a nose job yesterday.

No, not the kind that will leave me looking more like Brad Pitt.

I suffered from an internal problem. According to my great doctor, I had one of the worst deviated septum he's ever seen. He's convinced that I've broken my nose at some point in the past. I must have blocked the trauma. He also shortened my Inferior Turbinates, which isn't a character statement about my turbinates - we all have them (as well as Superior Turbinates). Although, since he shortened mine I guess they are inferior. For those of you who are not Ear, Nose & Throat doctors, turbinates aid in air flow. He also fixed some concha thing that was basically an air bubble in my middle turbinate.

You'd never know by looking at the outside of my nose that there were such problems on the inside. However, you can't hide these kinds of problems from the expert who can fix them.

The same is true for our heart problems...in the spiritual sense. Proverbs 10:9 says, "The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out." [NIV]

Integrity has been described as being undivided. It is consistency between our public self and private self. I don't know about you, but I prefer to walk securely. I like having nothing to hide. Life is a lot less stressful when you don't have to worry about someone finding out something that you're trying to hide. And, as Solomon reminds us, the natural consequences will bring our lack to light at some point.

Of course, our lack of integrity is always known by the God of the Universe. God cares deeply about our integrity. When the outside doesn't match the inside, He finds it offensive.

And trying to worship an offended God can be a bit challenging to say the least.

Do you need a nose job of the heart?