Facing the truth is difficult, especially when it comes to looking at ourselves. There are things about me I’d like to believe, but they are just not so (and if you’re honest, you’d admit that you’re the same way). Most of us aren’t near as disciplined, generous, thoughtful, or even spiritual as we think we are. We tend to envision a much better person when we think ourselves, and that can be a very dangerous thing.
One of my IG followers posted a meme, that said she saw nice looking, well dressed, man, and was very interested in possibly talking to him. UNTIL … she caught a whiff of his body oder. She said, “You can’t be a grown, good-looking man, walking around smelling disgusting.” I tend to agree, in that a woman is instantly unattractive to me if she smokes or even smells like cigarettes.
That stinking man, or that smoking woman may believe that are “all that”, when in reality, they are a “hot mess”. James the brother of Jesus Christ, makes an interesting point when he says
“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.” James 1:22-24 (The Message Bible)
Far too often, we mis asses our own conditions, living our lives in comparison, and not clarity. The wonderful thing about a relationship with Jesus, is that He shows you yourself, and gives you and opportunity to get it together. Jesus is like that friend that will pull you to the said and tell you that your fly is open; or better yet that friend that will take the toilet paper off your shoe (that you never even saw, and not even say anything). If you let Him, Jesus won’t have you out there looking bad.
So the next time you come face to face with the truth about YOU, don’t let it intimidate you or paralyze you. Don’t ignore it, walking around like nothing is wrong. Ignorance is unattractive and pride stinks. Not only that, you don’t want to lose opportunities, or even yourself, all be cause you weren’t willing to own up to the things you ought to change about yourself. So do yourself a favor, and with the help of God, just get it together.
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“Get It Together”, written and produced by Donelle Jones, performed by 702 released 1997.