This is a continuation of my last post that was getting too long. I had so much more to say, but word limit was working against me. Sort of like preaching on Sunday, you know? Anyway…
I was thrilled Jane came Sunday and found a welcome reception. She also said some things to her friend that leads me to believe she will want to talk to me some day. That will totally cool! I look forward to that day, even though I know she has some tough questions. Yes, prayers would be appreciated.
BACK. TO. TOPIC.
In all honesty, I don’t know why people want to have piercings and tats. The piercings look like they hurt and like most people I am not into that kind of pain. I can’t say I desire a tat, especially at my age. My one comment is what happens when the guppy becomes a whale? BUT WHO AM I TO JUDGE WHAT THEY CHOOSE TO DO, WHICH IN MY MIND, INVOLVES A GRAY AREA. Now granted “cutting” is something totally different, and I do care about that. What I do want people to know is this:
WITH. OR. WITHOUT. ‘BODY. DESIGNS.” THEY. ARE. WORTH. A. LOT. IN. GOD’S. EYES.
I read a story recently in Mud and the Masterpiece by John Burke about pro baseball player Matt White. He had an aunt who struggled to make ends meet for years, living on 50 acres of property in Massachusetts. Due to failing health, she was forced to sell. As an act of kindness he bought her property for the appraised value of $50,000. While exploring the land to see about building a house, he discovered some outcroppings of stone ledges.
Matt contacted a geologist, who surveyed the land and informed Matt this stone had commercial value for patios and landscapes and could actually be sold for $100 a ton…and he had about 24 million tons on the land. Appraised surface value=$50,000; beneath the surface = over $2 billion! (pp.64-65)
I think that is called “Unless I really like baseball I think I’ll retire.” Sort of reminds me of Jesus’ story about the man who found a hidden treasure and sold all he had to buy the land. Or the parable of the pearl of great price.
The point of this story and the point of this post and the last one is this: Jesus looked out at the masses of people and looked beneath the surface. He saw something of great value. If we are going to be like Jesus to others, we must see what Jesus sees beneath the surface that’s of infinite worth to God. We need to see the hidden treasure and pearl of great price, whether “doctored” in piercings and tats; multi-layered makeup and multi-colored hair; physically fit or overweight; or any other outward appearance.
SEE PEOPLE AS JESUS SEES THEM!!
How are you at this? Do you have trouble getting past the obvious outward signs to see inside?