Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like – James 1: 23-24:
We currently live in an airbrushed society where people are made “perfect” by enhancement, whether through makeup, medicines or surgical procedures. Even pictures are enhanced by photoshop or camera tricks. With all the media scrutiny of what looks good, the definition of beauty has narrowed down to what’s in the outside. Too fat, too skinny, too short, too tall, hair should be longer, too curly, pimples on the face, belly to big, want a six pack, and the list goes on.
When we are too engrossed with our outer appearance, thinking this is the only way to attract people we like, we forget who and what we are. We focus ourselves on how to look beautiful on the outside, that we forget who we are in the inside, we forget what’s really important in our person, we forget our spiritual needs and relationship with God.
I recently forgot who I was. For some unknown reason, I felt the need to fit in the world’s standard of beauty to impress someone I liked. I, too, got engrossed in perfecting my outward appearance. Noticed more flaws in my face and my body. Started comparing myself to “beauty icons” and started feeling less and less confident in myself. My physicality became of more importance to me than how I feel and who I am inside.
Along with this, I started living in the world, as opposed to living for Christ . It gave me the feeling of “happiness” at first. Temporary joy and satisfaction. I gave in to temptations. Believed and enjoyed all the lies. But after a while, feeling of melancholy, covered by insecurity and unwant crept in. I felt empty. I felt alone. How in the world, when I already know that the devil is a liar, did I still believe him? How did I come to this?
The Lord is a forgiving and merciful God. His mercy never come to an end, they are new every morning. He is faithful and just to forgive us.