How many times have you seen (or heard) someone do something (good or bad), and they never knew that you saw (or heard) them? Perhaps they didn’t see you seeing them. Perhaps they didn’t recognize you, and thus their guard was down. No doubt, you have also been both pleasantly and unpleasantly surprised by what you observed; pleased or disappointed in the person. It works the other way as well. You too are seen; far more than you might think. And like you, they also remember what they observed (often for many, many years).

We are sometimes tempted to join in with whatever crowd we are with. Away from the “church people,” you can “be yourself.” Or sometimes, we think we’re alone; but we’re never really alone. We’re always “church people,” because we are the church—we are the Body of Christ—and we’re always connected to Him and His people. The dirty joke, the “rough” language, the crude behavior, the flirtatious acts—these kinds of things matter.

The eyes of Texas are upon you, but more importantly: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” —Proverbs 15:3