The other day, John was reading to me out of his Abeka 5th Grade reader entitled Of America, Volume 1, (copyright 1999 Pensacola Christian College) and he read the following poem on page 224 that really set us both to thinking:
NO SENSE IN PRETENSE (author unknown)
You tell what you are by the friends you seek,
By the manner in which you speak.
By the way you employ your leisure time,
By the use you make of dollar and dime.
You tell what you are by the things you wear,
By the spirit in which you burdens bear,
By the sense of humor that you display
By the music that your stereo plays.
You tell what you are by the way you walk,
By the things of which you delight to talk,
By the manner in which you bear defeat,
By so simple a thing as how you eat.
By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf;
In these ways and more, you tell on yourself.
So there’s really no particle of sense
In any effort at pretense.
This reminds me of Proverbs 20:11 which says, “Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.” (By the way, this verse applies to adults as well!)