Think your good deeds are going unnoticed? Think again. Think you are getting way with dishonesty? Probably not. No matter whether you are doing good things or bad things (or a little bit of both) with your life, someone is probably watching. You might not think so, but they are. And you never know who it might be. Many times, I’ve been shocked when someone mentioned something good that I did (or was doing). In each case, I had previously thought that no one was noticing. At other times, I have had someone remind me of something bad that I had done, even though I had been sure that no one saw it – or at least that particular person hadn’t seen me do it. Then I couldn’t help but worry about who else might know or find out.
Despite how much we might try, we cannot live our lives in isolation. Like it or not, we are going to be an influence for the good or the bad – or possibly both. People are watching us. They are going to make judgments about us based on what they see. And they are going to see a lot more than we think they will. So, the next time you begin to feel as if your good deeds are in vain, imagine the person you would most like to know about them standing there watching you and cheering you on. And the next time you are tempted to do or say something you shouldn’t, imagine the person you would least like to know about it (your mother or your pastor, for example) standing there watching. If you make a habit of that, you’ll probably live a much more moral life.