Have you ever dealt with someone who says one thing but acts totally different? They become an actor, a poser, a fake, a hypocrite! Let’s be honest–we all put on an act every once in a while. But what do we do if our leaders, teachers, coaches, and, yes, even our parents take center stage in the role of “hypocrite”?

We watch as they ignore the very same rules they enforce. But for some reason, they hold us to a different standard. We’re told, “Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t cuss, and don’t you dare hang out with anyone who does.” We are to act responsible, dress respectable, work hard, and be courteous to all. But then we watch our coach drop the F-bomb, Dad lose his temper, Mom dress like a teenager, and our leaders cheat and steal with ease,

We ask, “But what can I do? Will they even listen to me?” The Bible says, “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are yong. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Sometimes it’s hard to do right while people we love do wrong. We must realize that everyone will make mistakes, even those who love us. But if we focus on doing what is right, God will use our example to impact others, even those in authority over us.

GET REAL

When the hypocrisy starts, focus on yourself first. Ask God to help you become a positive example, then have patience for Him to do the same for others.

Devotion by Chris Haidet, appearing in the book, Random Thoughts: Get Real with God, Others, and Yourself: A Devotional for Young Adults (Thrive) Paperback – by Steve Russo Day 189