Are we TWO-FACED? I admit, in some ways, I am two-faced. I pretend that I like certain things, when, in fact… I don’t…so as not to offend someone. I’ve been known to “go along, to get along,” with people or situations, hoping for, or maneuvering towards, a better outcome. Sometimes, I am in great pain (back, and legs), and act like “life is a bed of roses,” when the opposite is true….as too often, I’m in great discomfort. In some manner, or form… I live a LIE. Do you? Am I the only one? To me…I’m just trying to survive.
I’m well known for having a sharp tongue (when necessary), but that doesn’t qualify me as being “two-faced”…in the traditional sense. So why am I suggesting that I might be two-faced? Sometimes…I admit, it’s just the easy way out. I might sincerely dislike being around someone, but I’m not going to harshly offend them, rather… I just try to avoid them. Is that two-faced?
I don’t think that I’ve ever SERIOUSLY miss-represented myself, in this regard, just to gain advantage, or to achieve some end-result that is either dishonest, or that would tarnish my reputation. I don’t suggest that you do as I do. But I do think there’s a time and a place for most everything. As told to us in… Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 is a well-known passage that deals with the balanced, cyclical nature of life and says that there is a proper time for everything: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
In this passage, we are told that there is a time for every matter in life. This truth is illustrated by juxtaposing opposites: fourteen pairs of contrasting activities as examples of how life is comprised of various seasons. God offers considerable wisdom in the saying, “There is a time for everything, / and a season for every activity under the heavens.” God is sovereign. Our activity in this world is meaningful as we rely on His wisdom, His timing, and His goodness.
We are given boundaries in James 3:17 – But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Also, in Philippians 2:3-4 – Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.