A few self reflective thoughts I've had and wanted to jot down for the children. As I was studying the other morning I was struck by this sentence:
Advertising is all done by beautiful people. The fashion industry dictates what and who is beautiful and how beauty is portrayed. The right color changes constantly and suddenly one's wardrobe is out of fashion. Hemlines move up and down with such speed that one can hardly remember if we are coming or going.
Appearance is the driving force and motivator in business, politics, entertainment, and yes, sometimes even church. First impressions and often, unfortunately, final judgements are based on looks. I have never seen a pretty mug shot. The news is filled with "ugly" people committing crimes.
So as I read this single line of scripture I had to ask do I blindly follow? Whom do I revere and why?
Now I'm certainly not saying that it's bad to be beautiful. I live in a house full of beautiful people. I'm also not saying that dressing nicely is bad. Dressing nicely effects how your feel about yourself and can add to the performance of your tasks. We love to see elegant costuming and apprecaite the time required to make such elaborate items.
I thought about this scripture when speaking with a darling friend who said, "Your shoes on Sunday were so cute! I tried to listen to the teacher, but I kept being distracted by your shoes." Those of you who know me, know I am the most conservative and least cute dresser ever. Her comment was more about the fact that I had shoes and not the regular sandels I normally wear, but still it made me ponder and think about the things that distract me.
Why to do we let ourselves get caught up in the comings and goings of how we look? Hours can be spent infront of a mirror to acheive the perfect style, when what is in our hearts is of the greatest value. I hope that someone will not remember me by the clothing I wore, the style of my hair, of the size of my waistline, but rather on the goodness I was able to achieve.
The Lord, in contrast to the world, looks upon the heart for our character. He knows if we love and value material possessions more than Him. (Boys, if you are reading this it does not give you an excuse not to shower every day. A sudden thought that entered my mind, they will look for any excuse.) He wants us to think about the next time we get new shoes and ask, "Do we really need them or could we use those resources to help someone else?" He looks to us to spread love and in so doing we will come to understand His great love for us.