Good Morning April 19

We live in a small community yet we have a proliferation of beauty shops, nail salons, spas, and even a cosmetic surgeon. There are today a myriad of pills, potions, products, and procedures to enhance one’s beauty. This has become a multi billion dollar industry. An acquaintance mentioned to my wife about her upcoming cosmetic surgery and how she wanted it to improve her self image. Now, I’m not at all opposed to wanting to look nice when we are out with others. There is nothing spiritual about being sloppy. But when it comes to the question of self image I think we are looking in the wrong direction. All of the various beauty techniques only work on the outside. It is the Lord who creates true beauty which comes from within. Think about it. Almighty God has created us. We are not accidents of nature. “It is He who has made us and we are His.”(Psalm 100:3) Further, He has declared His love for all mankind. Almighty God created us and loves us. How should that make us feel about ourselves? Still further, if you are a Christian, a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, you are called a child of God.(John 1:12) And still more, Almighty God knows you to the depth of your being, and whether you are aware of it or not, He is working within your heart to bring you closer to Himself. Now what about your self image? Beyond all potions and products you can be called a child of God for Jesus sake. There is no self image greater than that, and it doesn’t depend upon what anyone else sees or thinks.

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