July 2021 Newsletter
July 2021 Newsletter
Those of us who enjoy music that has a sense of humor can recall the words of Mac Davis’ song “Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble”. The song began with the words “Oh Lord, it's hard to be humble. When you're perfect in every way. I can't wait to look in the mirror. 'Cause I get better lookin' each day. To know me is to love me.” There are other fun lyrics but I only have so much room allotted in the newsletter. The song poked fun at a person’s high self-esteem. As hu morous as the song was, it conveyed the truth that how we see ourselves contributes to our sense of self-worth. If we are to be honest, how we see ourselves occupies our thoughts more than we care to admit. We wrestle with questions such as, “How overweight do I look?”; “How much grey is in my hair?”; “Do these clothes make me look frumpy?” and a myriad of similar questions. How we answer such questions often impacts how we proceed in the dynamics of interpersonal relationships. How we see others will also have an impact on how we proceed in communicating with them. While Mac Davis may have been poking fun at someone with an above average sense of worth, if pressed, he could have made a case from Scripture. Now before you think I have gone off the rails, hear me out. We read in Genesis 1:27 [So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.] (NASB 2020) So, we begin with the fact that we are made in the image of God. We are God image bearers! We already have much to celebrate about ourselves. Then we consider the words of David in Psalm 139:14, [I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.](NASB 2020) We are awesomely and wonderfully made!!! You can’t tell me that don’t put a smile on your lips. I want to share one more and I am going to use The Message version of Psalms, David writes in Psalm 8:3-4, [I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their setting. Then I look at my micro-self and won der, why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?](The Message) We learn in texts like John 3:16 that God does give us more than a second look. He looks upon us and sends His son to pay our ransom from the grave.
Therefore, we see several reasons why when we look in the mirror, what we see is something wonderful, something marvelous, something the God has made in His image and in His grace provided a means for us to spend eternity in His presence.
Here is the thing, that magnificent Biblical truth applies to everyone else as well. We need to keep that in mind whenever we are interacting with others. I say this because it is very easy when dealing with someone who may have values that clash with what the Bible teaches; when they are someone, we feel stands in opposition of standards we view as Holy and unwavering, that we begin our interaction in a defensive posture or with a negative view of the other person. When that happens, our interaction has started on the wrong foot.
However, when we begin our interaction with them by recognizing that they too are made in the image of God, that they too are awesome creations of God, and that God is well aware of them and loves them; our ap proach to them changes. May our approach to others, regardless of their political views, social agendas, or life styles be one in which we recognize the beauty that God has bestowed them with. Let our behavior towards others begin on the right foot, recognizing them for what they are, awesome works of our creator, made in His image.
Have a blessed month,
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