Vanity

93A2229E-9573-44C7-A656-833658BE3E5F“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.””
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Vanity

One of my favorite movies is The Devil’s Advocate.  In it, Al Pacino, portraying the devil, states that vanity is his favorite sin.  Our culture has promoted “beauty” to the point that we often lose focus on what is most important. Social media has become our “reality”, which can be beautified to portray “perfect” lives. Apparently this perfect life facade has left many people feeling inadequate in their real lives, resulting in depression and suicide.  In addition, over the last few years, there have been hundreds of deaths from accidents relating to taking selfies.  In the past week, a young female model fell off a cliff in Australia trying to catch that perfect pic.  While looking one’s best is clearly beneficial, there must be a higher priority placed on one’s inner self.  That inner beauty is always more attractive ultimately.

Thick Skin

A683AE34-2647-4FCF-BD23-D75EED3B8537“It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭29:25‬ ‭GNT‬‬

Thick Skin
(not a reference to my Rodan and Fields Global Skincare Business at TheBern.myrandf.com)

One definition of thick skin is the ability to keep from getting upset or offended by things other people say and do. It may be especially difficult when these people are our family and loved ones. But we should always focus on God and do our best and do what is right. Truly this is our greatest freedom from a fallen world. Our self centered society depends on trying to please everyone and on blaming someone for everything; when in reality, that is impossible.