I started most of my tomato plants last spring, but when I saw a 4-pack of tomato seedlings at the store I decided to try them. I planted them and over the summer they have grown beautifully. The four plants are lush and green with no disease and loaded with tomatoes. Unfortunately I did not get what I thought I was getting. The little plastic plant name stick said I was buying a variety called “Black from Tula”. I love black tomatoes, they are so yummy. But, despite having two different kind of tomatoes from my 4-pack, neither of them are black. I have a large red tomato that tastes just ok, a little tart actually. The other tomato is medium-sized red with green shoulders and tastes rather bland and watery. They make a decent salsa and aren’t too bad with some salt. But, needless to say I am disappointed.
When someone new meets me and can see on the outside that I am a Christian are they disappointed once they see and experience the inside Christian? Do I wear a shirt that says, “Jesus loves you” and drive a car with a bumper sticker that says, “Honk if you love Jesus”? But in the meantime when you cut me off I say unkind things about you and wouldn’t dream of taking my time to give you a helping hand despite the slogan on my shirt? If my Christianity is authentic, then my outside will match my inside. Believe me, I know how hard a task that can be. It can take a lot of work to bring that balance to your life. I do think, however, that it takes far more energy to keep up a “front” to mask your true self. So drop the masks and let the world see the real you. That’s the person Jesus loves anyway.