by Calvin and Lisa Wulf
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit" (1Pet. 3:3,4 niv).
After our workout let's run by the drug store. There's a new face cream I want to try," she said, scanning the newspaper ads. "Sure," he said, sipping his coffee. "My hair's looking a little gray. I'll get something there to touch it up."
"Okay. Then let's hit the mall. While I get a makeover, you can buy a new shirt for the company barbecue."
Are we obsessed with our appearance? Health clubs, trendy fashions, and the latest cosmetics promise the key to our youthful, attractive look. By adorning our designer bodies with designer clothes, we make our mark in a designer world. The mirror may reflect a sophisticated image, but what do we see of our spirit?
Okay, we all want to look nice. That's only human. But by focusing so intently on our outward appearance, we often neglect our inner spiritual lives. It's a question of priorities. Are you worshiping God or "the look?"
Our Lord speaks of the importance of inner transformation. Trying to appear whole and together on the outside only creates an empty shell. God shapes the authentic Christian life from the inside out.
Do you think your "image" is all that people see? Think again. Consider someone who is truly attractive on the inside. Such beauty is a reflection of Christ. A godly appearance is not just striking; it's irresistible.
Try these ideas to improve your true image:
• Try staying away from the mirror for a whole day. Can you do it?
• Spend 10% less on your appearance. Use the money to help someone else.
• Get a spiritual makeover. Call God for an appointment!
Is it time for a new look? Remember: fancy packaging isn't God's priority. Why not try something different? Let Christ shine through you. People will be more attracted to Him than to fancy clothes or a great body. So take a look in your mirror. Do you see Jesus?
Lighten the Load is distributed by Joshua Faith Ministries,
www.lighten-the-load.org, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
© 2001 Calvin R. Wulf and Lisa Aré Wulf