Yup, this is me when i graduated from high school in 1995. Far cry from the attractiveness that you see today(haha joke). I show people this picture all the time just to prove that I had hair once upon a time. Their reaction, “really! Is that you!?” Yup, its me. Reminds me of a washed up 70’s disco king or even a used car salesman trying to sell wash machines! The point I’m trying to make is that guy in the picture, lets just say was always trying to be someone he wasn’t.
Today, I’m very happy with the man in the mirror for one plain fact: Christ lives in me, and he thinks im ok. So, if the King of Kings loves me and accepts me for who I am, than what the despicable nature of the human race thinks, doesn’t matter. Harsh? Not really. Us humans are mean in spirit, and cold in nature. Only the Lord can turn us into descent human beings, because he’s the only one that see’ our heart.
This world of our’s says if you look like this or have this and that, your “someone”. With the over emphasized “Beauty Campaign” on television, and with Hollywood promoting the outward appearance like it’s the Super Bowl, we hardly stand a chance. I see so many “fake” people today its like shopping for a Barbie doll and the world is the shopping mall. No one actually wants to be their true authentic-self these days for fear of being a fool. Actually, if you took a poll to see where someones heart lye’s, they would give you a hundred different answers, only to escape the real question at hand: Were has the man in the Mirror gone?
By no means am I an expert, but I observe, and these are just things I see today. Everyone wants to get caught up in the rat race of trying to be someone else, they have all but forgotten the reason God created them. He created us to have a relationship with Him, with other people, and to be ourselves. What a wonderful thing this is. But to often, people miss this and go into hiding, hence, being someone else. Trust me I know, look at the guy in the picture! I tried for years to be someone who I wasn’t only falling deeper into the myth that you need this, or you have to look this certain way, to succeed.
As I have learned over several years what Hollywood says is successful and what God says is successful totally go against each other. Guess what? Gods right, and Hollywood is wrong, period. He designed us very intricately and with careful precision. He knows every hair on our head, and every thought that come from our mind, so why try to hide? Look at Adam and Eve for example: here was to promising works of art, wonderfully created and they almost blew the human races survival, because the were ashamed of their nakedness, so they put on fig leaves. Well we all know what happened next and so started the decline of civilization.
Thats why God sent Jesus. To teach us its OK to be ourselves in Him. Because without Him, were just like the plastic figures walking the department stores. Today I’m ok with the Man in the Mirror for one simple reason: God said I was cool, so deal with it! I’m not arguing with Him, if you don’t like me, take it up with God, He created me, not a plastics factory.
So let me ask you my friend, will you let Christ turn you into your true authentic self? Or would you prefer the manikin in the window? The choice is yours.
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- Tozer Devotional-Loving God and Our Neighbor (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)