day 2726: Facades

“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.”

No industry I know is better at creating facades as is the real estate industry. To some extent, all businesses do it by always putting their best foot forward by capturing the best of the company in both words and pictures when selling, raising money or recruiting.  But, we all know there is a line where when we cross it the other side of the communication recognizes that someone is trying to pull the wool over someone else’s eyes.  So, we have to be careful.  What prompted me to think about this was a real estate ad I saw for a dilapidated seaside cottage that in the picture (best they could do) it appeared that one more big storm would be the end of the place.  The picture’s caption said, “The charm has been maintained.” That was a classic.

Maybe it my increasing years (like the way I didn’t say, growing older) that the facade of myself and others seems more obvious and important.  Possibly it is because when we are younger, no one really expects that you might be the same person that you are in Facebook or Instagram and that once you settle down, the real person will emerge.  Is that why we call them “phases” that people go through?  But, at a certain point, what you see, needs to be what you get.  So, the facades that we build and put out there, if not aligned with what is inside us, will catch up with us and that reconciliation never ends up well unless we do it on our own volition. Jesus warns us about being someone on the outside that we aren’t on the inside.  The question as we work today, “Are we the same person here today in the office as we profess to be outside of work or have we built a false facade?”

Reference: Matthew 23:5 (New Living Translation)

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