ATB 37 Appearances

In these times that we are currently living in it seems to be the rule rather than the exception that the essence of an individual is judged by how each and every one appears.

It is said that the human eye captures and processes an image and or appearance almost instantaneously. Within the span of seconds an image or appearance is transmitted to our brains.  More often than not we then begin the process immediately of formulating a thought and or opinion about someone.

Perceptions these days are accepted as what is true and irrefutable.  With quick glances decisions are made and adhered to that potentially decide the worth value and at times the fate of a person. By definition then is that someone good bad or even worthy of consideration?    Is that person one who merits a welcoming word or a word of acknowledgement? Or perhaps because of thoughts attitudes or preconceived notions do we summarily dismiss others by virtue of what perceptions lead us to embrace.

It would seem that this prevailing mindset of “seeing is believing” continues to grow unabated.  A first glance a first impression and a final conclusion as to who each and every one is is not merely done by happenstance but for all intent and purposes an accepted methodology of practice and purpose. And yet even as a society embraces endorses and promotes said practice where then do those who seek a mindset diametrically opposed to the norm turn?

As Christians we are called and charged with the task of being in the world but not of it.  As such on a daily basis we then must remind ourselves as to whose eyes see judge and evaluate as to who and what is truly of value.

For God does not see us through the lens of this world.  His ways are not our ways.  His thoughts are not our thoughts.  He does not look at the things that man looks at.  The Lord looks at our heart.

Through God all who have been created have been done so by the master’s hand.   All are made in his image fearfully and wonderfully made.  Rich or poor all are precious in his sight.

As we who are Christians continue on the road to life let us be mindful on a daily basis that God stands as the ultimate arbitrator as to each and everyone’s true value.  For by and through him is our joy of knowing that it is by our hearts that he sees us.

To Be The Glory

Alan T. Black

About dupree73

I was raised and grew up in the United Methodist Church. While I do proudly embrace my background and personal history within the United Methodist Church, I do feel that ultimately what is important is not the denomination that you are a part of. What matters most is the relationship that you have with the Lord. Part and parcel to any relationship is the level of commitment that one makes to it. With any and all relationships they are going to take time to grow. Through the years if I were to describe my relationship with the Lord using one word it would be “transformation.” Continuing to grow daily in my walk with the Lord, and as well continue to display the fruits of his spirit daily is for me what my life is all about. Frankly for these times, my attitude and belief is that the world is looking at those who are Christians to see if in fact their talk does indeed match their walk. As for me, my goal is to on a daily basis to be that individual who by virtue of their talk and their walk is by nature “peculiar.” If then by chance this way of living does indeed glorify the Lord, then my life indeed is destined to make a difference.
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