Now the zipper down is not that big of a deal. I’ve done it on occasion and I’ve seen it many times before and after this this day. Generally you just let the person know and move on with life. The toilet paper, however, was an entirely new indiscretion and one I’ve not seen since. Who returns from a trip to the porcelain throne with toilet paper hanging out of their pant leg? How does that even happen and the person doesn’t notice it. No, how does that even happen at all? I don’t want to think of the how. I mean I’ve been to the bathroom many times throughout my life and I’m still baffled as to how he was actually using the toilet paper in the first place.
Now someone (myself included) should have told him so he could fix the problem, but we didn’t. How do you even bring it up? This happened roughly one hour into an eight hour workday. So for roughly seven hours on this particular day, this gentleman worked and carried on like nothing was different. He walked around smiling and talking to people oblivious to his predicament.
He was exposed and didn’t even know it.
You could see the expression on the faces of different individuals as they would take notice. Some would laugh and stare relishing in his ignorance and misfortune. Others would look on in horror and their jaws would drop. One lady covered her mouth with both hands; the look on her face was priceless. The cafeteria at lunch was full of delicious tension. Well, maybe delicious isn’t the right word – but the air was thick with something. All of my co-workers and I sat their awkwardly looking around and avoiding eye contact with the guy who had toilet paper coming out of his pant leg. For his part he ate lunch and talked the whole time. I still can’t remember a single thing he said. I was distracted by the tension in the room.
Finally, at the end of the day we were all leaving and suddenly the man looked down and noticed the toilet paper, He immediately looked around and understood many of us had known all along that it was there. He didn’t say one word but the look on his face said so many things. He hurried to his car and left immediately. He left the company a few months later, but those few months were some of the most uncomfortable I’ve ever had. I mean, we knew and he knew we knew but what we never talked about what we all knew. We never even acknowledged it one time.
I have a question for you, the reader: Are you exposed, maybe? Are you walking around unaware? Do you really believe what you say you do?
The truth will always come out.
I’m not sure you meant to share that but your “world view” is hanging out. Too many times, like the gentleman I worked with in the “toilet paper” incident, I find people ignorantly expose themselves for all to see. They will tell you they believe something but then their actions show they don’t really believe what they say they do. Do you really believe what you say you do? The truth will always come out.
Do you really believe what you say you do? The truth will always come out.
Sadly, I’ve had some of the most revealing conversations with people that raise their hands on Sundays and praise Jesus. People will claim they are following Christ while endorsing things that God’s word specifically opposes. Topics ranging from gay marriage to abortion. This usually boils down to “me” and what I want or how I feel. People tend to make excuses and justify themselves based on their own wants and desires.
Recently, Victoria Osteen, wife of Pastor Joel Osteen opened eyes with statements in a YouTube video. She said, “Do good for your own self. Do it because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God, really — you’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”
Take notice of her statement and all the focus on self. She said, “You”, in one form or another seven times in just that one small sample that I took out of her remarks. Her heart for “self” is shall we say, self-evident.
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