I'm wondering if veneers are true of people, too? Of me?
What, exactly, is a veneer? To be sure, we could subscribe to Woodshop Wisdom for all things crafty (think PBS & Tooltime); or we could visit Merriam for something far less so. I opt for the latter.
1: a thin sheet of a material: as a: a layer of wood of superior value or excellent grain to be glued to an inferior wood b: any of the thin layers bonded together to form plywood c: a plastic or porcelain coating bonded to the surface of a cosmetically imperfect tooth
2: a protective or ornamental facing (as of brick or stone)
3: a superficial or deceptively attractive appearance, display, or effect
At its best, a veneer is a facade.
I think I've answered my own question.
At it pertains to who I am (or claim to be), the acid test of whether or not I'm veneering is to put me in a boiling cauldron or smack me upside of the head. My reaction alone will tell you much about the stuff just beneath my surface. I dare say you might well find some straw there.
... let us throw off everything that hinders
and the sin that so easily entangles.
And let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us,
fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
~ Hebrews 12:1-2
Regardless of what I am, or am not today ... my heart's desire is to be of the Brazilian walnut sort - - solid, immovable, impenetrable, sturdy and costly - - at my core. Not to mention fireproof.
For no one can lay any foundation other than
the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver,
costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
their work will be shown for what it is,
because the Day will bring it to light.
It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will
test the quality of each person’s work.
If what has been built survives,
the builder will receive a reward.
If it is burned up,
the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—
even though only as one escaping through the flames.
~ 1 Corinthians 3:11-15