These are the moments that actually define our character. A personal example that illustrates this is my experience with my observed reality vs. the actual reality of how my clothes fit. On several occasions I have checked the fit of a shirt in the mirror (while getting dressed) and been rather satisfied. Later on, I observe a picture someone took or a reflection in a store window, and discover a gut protruding under the shirt that wasn't present earlier in the mirror. I finally realized that I was in the habit of sucking in the gut every time I looked in the mirror. However, it is
impossible to remember to keep your gut sucked in throughout the entire day. Candid moments later in the day revealed the true nature of my waistline.
This is why I say that Christianity should not be compartmentalized and balanced into the rest of our day. That type of application will cause positive change only in the Christian compartment of our lives (when we are looking in the mirror). True ambassadors of Christ strive to be an ideal reflection of Him in
every aspect of their lives.