Thanks to Instagram and Facebook, everyone is fly and fabulous all the time. Yes, I consider myself a well dressed man, myself, so by no means am I trying to be hypocritical. But there are days I just want to throw on an old t-shirt and gym shorts, and just chill out.
I see men, and women alike, getting all dolled up for no reason at all. I’ve seen women, hair frocked and face “beat”, just to go to the grocery store. Dudes with no job, no prospects, and not even trying to look, are fresh to def, just to hang at the mall. We have a generation of people who look at the lives of celebrities, many of whom are famous just for being famous, wanting a fabulous lifestyle with no drive or work ethic.
People today seem to be more concerned with the external then they are the eternal; spending so much time on our image that we neglect to develop true character. Many people, back in the day, lived simple and regular, yet authentic lives; which our generation have traded in for a glamorous facade. In the age of “fake it till you make it”, the Average Joe will spend more money than he can afford (or earn), to buy stuff he doesn’t need, to impress folk he doesn’t even like. All this for sake of looking the part but never having heart.
God instructs Samuel to go down to Bethlehem, to Jesse’s house, to anoint the next king of Israel. Once Jesse got word, he brought out his tall, handsome, strapping sons to stand before the man of God. All of these boys looked the part, but lacked the heart of a great king. Even Samuel was caught up, thinking that one of these was God’s chosen. But God sets him straight, saying, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ( 1 Samuel 16:7, New American Standard Bible)
We must learn that God can do more with someone who is authentically regular, than he can with someone faking the funk just to be impressive with people. Here’s the catch with being fabulous: eventually you will have to up the ante in order to continue impressing people. You will have to dig yourself deeper into you fabulous deception in order to maintain. So no matter what you do, stay true to yourself: even if you end up being regular.
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