The Grass is Always Greener

If you are in a group of people, at church, maybe in the gym on the treadmill and look at everyone around you, what do you see? The person on the other side of the gym has a better body, what wouldn’t you give to have their body? The family sitting on the other side of the church must be happy because they drove into the parking lot in a brand new car and all dressed so nicely! You wish your family were more like theirs. I have discovered, from having the experience of seeing the “model” family sitting in the pew and then hearing their problems behind closed doors, is that what you see is not always what is truth. The person with the better body probably looks at you and wishes they could trade their perfect body for your happy life. Girls who have naturally curly hair try to keep it straightened while the ones with the silky straight hair are having perms to get the curls. It seems that no one is happy with what they see in the mirror. What do you look like in your mental mirror, your self-image? I was in an office where every magazine on the shelf had beautiful women on the cover, some more nude than clothed. Every woman in the office had obviously had a little help in the nature department, big lips and boobs to match. The Office Manager was overheard to tell the new Receptionist that she would have to have a complete makeover to work there and the girl seemed thrilled and couldn’t wait for it to begin! I found myself wanting to put my shades back on, hold my Kindle in front of my face and sneak out before I was caught, ragged fingernails and all! We are so aware of beautiful people, the ones on billboards, TV programs and movies to hold a standard for us all to live up to. Women aren’t the only victims, a man sent a friend request to me, and strangely enough it looked exactly like the actor Ralph Fiennes, wait, it WAS him, it was his picture! I know we need to keep our weight right, but watching weight loss shows you see people struggle, fighting fatigue and pain to try to lose a few pounds.

When God gave directions for the building of the Temple, He wanted a giant brass laver there so the Priest could wash their hands and feet before they went in before God. It was made of all the brass mirrors, a luxury, donated from women in the camp who served at the tent doors. The mirrors were kept polished so they could see themselves; make sure they were perfect in the presence of God. James 1:24 Those who hear (the Word of God) 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. We carry hand mirrors, pull down the visor in the car before we get out, check out our reflections in plate glass windows, men do muscle poses in the mirror when they think no one is watching so they can show off when someone IS, but are you checking the ‘real’ you, the one that God sees? Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” 1 Samuel 16:7 God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything…. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” Ezekiel 36:26 I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. If your heart is right, you’ll be beautiful in His eyes; a smile makes you beautiful to everyone else!

Bottom line, since only you know all about yourself, love yourself, quit looking over the fence at the grass on the other side, yours looks greener to them!

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