How it looks on the outside is not always an indication of what is going on in the inside
Bobby R. Henry, Sr
“You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. — Matthew 23:6 (NASB)
How many times have you seen an individual that you thought should be in excruciating pain based upon the outward appearance?
The same could hold true for the opposite view. Have you ever met anybody that appeared to be “having it going on” only to find out that he or she was a total dead beat?
We tend to spend an exorbitant amount of time trying to concentrate and fix up on what the outside or the shell of our being looks like and how others may see us physically. Leaving the inside, which makes up us to be who we really are, left almost barren.
We sin from jump street, because we covet what we see first. And with extreme difficultly we move from what’s in eye sight to what is hidden from sight.
The hidden treasure is just that-a treasurer hidden.
So often the seekers of the treasures are those to whom the treasure belongs and because of our hypocritical nature, it takes a while to discover our true path to finding that treasure.
“A diamond in the rough” may resemble an old, dirty, grimy black rock until it is rubbed, buffed and met with a lot of pressure that its true beauty is brought fourth.
Unlike diamonds we as humans tend to not be able to handle the uncomfortable exercises needed to make us shine luminously from the inside out so we give in to the ever-so-easy fix-me-upper model of deception.
Our outsides are all buffed up, polished pearly whites, long flowing hair and eyes that can change with the colors of the rainbow.
No one has to know that the buff is from silicone, the pearly whites are removable and the long hair can be shortened and lengthened at will and as far as the eyes are concerned, they too are interchangeable to match the mood of the day.
By no means am I saying that we should not aspire to look presentable! All this may be alright if we did not believe the facade that we are inculcating by emanating this untrue presentation of one’s self.
How much more we could be if the time spent on developing our outward selves was devoted to replenishing our well of self-worth with that which is so freely given when we ask Him in sincerity.
“To improve on one’s inner-beauty is automatically transcended when the makeup artist is the One who creates all beauty”. — Bobby R. Henry, Sr.