Pressure reveals one’s inner truth
When John D. Whidden, author of "Ocean Life in the Old Sailing Ships Days," was a 12-year-old boy, his appetite for his grandmother’s pies got the best of him. Known to store a number of her pies in a pantry, Whidden gained entrance for a taste of the delicacies.
Realizing that stealing a slice from a pie would be too obvious, he chose instead to carefully cut around the circumference of the pie and lift the top crust off in one piece. Then, after eating the filling out of the lower shell, he replaced the top crust. Unable to control his appetite, Whidden repeated this process with a number of pies, turning his grandmother’s stock of pastries into empty shells.
Imagine his grandmother’s embarrassment and Whidden’s regret when he later sat at the table while his grandmother attempted to cut slices of pie for guests she had invited in for dessert. Instead of producing a slab of confection, the crust crumbled to nothing under the pressure of her knife.
Whidden made the same error in judgment that many make today, outward appearance is no substitute for inner substance. As a pie without filling is an empty shell, so is a person without moral integrity. One may look good outwardly, but their emptiness becomes obvious when the slightest pressure is applied.
So, how about us? What is more important — how we look, or who we are? Do we possess moral integrity, or are we empty shells? It only takes a little pressure to reveal the truth.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997