“That’s a lovely dress you’re wearing, Mrs. Cleaver.” That was pretty common flattery from a character names Eddie Haskell, on the beloved “Leave It To Beaver Show.” Eddie was the Beaver’s big brother, Wally’s best friend. He was forever acting so polite and nice mannered in front of the adults, only to show his “true conniving self” when the grown-ups weren’t around. In 1999, TV Guide named Eddie Haskell number 20 on it’s “50 Greatest Characters of All Time” list. I was saddened today to hear that Ken Osmond, who played Eddie Haskell died at the age of 76. After leaving the “Leave It to Beaver Show,” he had a difficult time not being type-cast as an actor. He left acting, grew a moustache, and joined the Los Angeles Police Department for eighteen years. While he was known for being a “fake,” he was actually a very caring, nice guy in real life.
Do you know someone who acts one way in front of some and acts differently in front of others? Perhaps they act religious when they are around Christians or are the first ones to say that they will pray for you, only to be cussing in their next post. Maybe they will pretend to go along and agree with you, only to talk about you behind your back. Yes, there are many who try to “pull the wool over other’s eyes,” but God doesn’t look at the physical. Outward qualities are superficial, just like the role of Eddie Haskell. God looks at the heart. (I Samuel 16:9) In Jeremiah 17:10, He said, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” “For the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. . .” (I Chronicles 28:9)
Not only does the Lord know when others are faking, He also knows when we are pretending. Proverbs 16:2 says, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight; But the Lord weighs the motives.” May you be found to be “the real thing.” Simply blessed, Courtney