Check it out.
It looks as if the door is open and inside you can see a well-stocked shop. It's nothing of the sort. That door has been locked shut for well over a year because that particular business went bust this time last year, and that is an image to make it look as if everything is normal in the town and in the county, but unfortunately it's not. [In reality, the entire county] has suffered terribly as a result of the credit crisis and the resulting recession.
Does this sound like anyone you might know? When we are willing to give up authenticity for the sake of looking good in the eyes of other people, everyone loses. You may not like what you see when you look at me, but this is the package.
I wouldn't even say you have to take it or leave it. I'm not about to be too proud and loud about who I am. That's my point. I am striving to live my life the way I believe would make Jesus proud. The goal is for me to become less. It won't always be pretty, but the path to insignificance doesn't need to be.
But it does have to be true.