indicatorWhile working as the plate umpire a few games ago, I noticed that I have an “umpire tell.” Just like a poker player (by the way, I have not played the game since high school) who does something to reveal his hand, I was doing something that might let a batter know what I was going to call a pitch.

On a pitch that was a ball, I would move the ball wheel on my indicator. When you move any of those buttons it makes a clicking noise. I don’t think I was doing it before the ball got to the plate. But, maybe I did a few times.

So, as soon as I noticed it, I started working hard on waiting until it was “safe” to do so. I did not want to give a batter an advantage.

I knew in my heart those pitches were going to be balls … so I expressed it with my clicker!

In a similar way, your heart reveals the real you. Whatever it is we love or cherish, those are the things we do. Solomon wrote, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person” (Proverbs 27:19, NLT). Jesus referred to these words when he said, “The words you speak come from the heart” (Matthew 15:18).

When I read these words this morning in my SOAP time, God reminded me that my words and actions are nothing more than a reflection of what’s going on inside. I wonder what “tell” I am sending to others about the real me?

Lord, change my heart so I can reflect the character you desire!