I was rather flabbergasted when an extremely attractive woman in her 50s said she was competing on a game show to win enough money for cosmetic surgery. She said parts of her body had “gone south,” and she wanted to win enough money to prop them up again.
Folks are entitled to use their money, or their winnings from a game show, for whatever they choose. What flabbergasted me was that the woman was a gospel singer. It made me wonder if she just memorized the songs and parroted them without hearing the message contained within the words. For example, Lauren Daigle’s, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
This world is not our home. We are here only a short time. If we turn our eyes upon Jesus, our Creator and the Creator and Savior of heaven and earth—our focus is not on us—but on Him. How God sees us is more important than how other people see us and pleasing people fades in the light and brightness of pleasing Jesus.
God doesn’t look at our hair color or style, our makeup, our tattoos, our body or other jewelry, our outward appearance—God looks at our heart. Things like cosmetic surgery and makeovers are temporary—like the petals of a flower falling from the bloom. Our kindness, gentleness, love, joy, peace, self-control, goodness and faithfulness are forever, treasures stored ahead of us in heaven waiting to be reclaimed when we get there.
The LORD said, “Do not look at his appearance, or his physical stature…for the LORD does not see as a man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the hearts.” 1 Samuel 16:7.
Knowing that the Lord is watching our hearts rather than our aging bodies should give us all comfort and peace. And just think of how much money it saves!
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11 thoughts on “What’s the Message?”
Wonderful, Stephanie! Such valid advice!
Thanks, Les. You warmed my heart. That’s a good thing – it’s cold here again today! Sending you lots of love and prayer. God bless.
Amen!! Preach it Stephanie.
Thanks, Meghan. You are sweet. God bless.
Reblogged this on Sharon K. Connell and commented:
Well said, Steph. We need to focus on what God sees in us and not try to please the world or even ourselves.
Thanks, Sharon! God bless you and your beautiful heart for God.
Steph, I tried to comment on your blog last week but WordPress wouldn’t let me. It’s getting very picky about browsers and told me mine was not supported…now I’m on my laptop and can comment again. I cannot quite understand the need to for anyone to reconstruct his/her body surgically. It’s like trying to rewrite your life story according to your own wishes. As you say, it’s what’s in your soul that counts and that will reflect on your appearance too. A good and kind heart will be more beautiful than any face lift.
Thanks, Val. You are so right about a good and kind heart being more beautiful than any facelift. And it’s what counts with God also. As for WordPress, I despair. It’s been giving me fits and I have now lost track of the blogs I follow. WordPress needs to learn, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”!
WordPress is giving me fits too, Steph…
Hey, Val. I wish I knew what was up with WordPress. I’ve lost followers because it quit notifying me of their posts and I haven’t been able to keep up with them. Perhaps the fact that they gave you this means they are fixing to go back to operating the way they did at first – which was so helpful and convenient. Ah…we live in hope!