by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Incongruent. The opposite of congruent. Congruent, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is matching or in agreement with something.
Several years ago I accompanied Pilot to Munich, Germany for business. As is my modus operandi, while he was in meetings during the day I walked around the streets taking pictures and exploring.
On this trip my quest was to photograph the four Medieval gates that led into the city.
Near the end of our time in Germany, I walked passed a restaurant with the cutest name. Wok and Roll. Yep. You guessed it. This was a Chinese restaurant. That evening Pilot and I returned to the Wok and Roll for dinner.
As might be expected, our waiter looked Oriental. But here’s where the incongruity came in. When he spoke to us he spoke in German.
Now, I know, we were in Germany. People in Germany speak German. I just wasn’t expecting our waiter who looked Chinese to speak German. Of course, when he realized we didn’t speak German he conversed with us in English. Thankfully.
My idea of matching or in agreement with something was off. I had one expectation based on what I observed that didn’t match the truth.
This has me thinking about our lives as Christians.
James tells us in the letter he wrote in the New Testament that salty and fresh water can’t come out of the same well. That would be incongruent. Agreed?
But I wonder … are we congruent or incongruent with our lives?
Do we present one image to those around us yet live a totally different life?
Do we profess to be a Jesus-follower yet live like the Devil?
If someone looked at our everyday life would they come away with an accurate perception of who we truly are?
Have there been times in your life when you experienced an incongruity with your perceptions?
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Sometimes it (our tongue) praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring. James 3:9-12 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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