I don’t know about you, but the reality staring back at me in the morning mirror is not always a pretty site. Bob, bless his heart, thinks I look great rumpled and without any makeup, so there you have it, folks—love truly is blind. But a little hair gel and face paint after the morning shower and before heading out the door to work does wonders to make a girl feel slightly more alive.
That, and a little caffeine, I suppose.
Writing this, in my small rural town morning sitting on my patio, there’s a rooster in the distance trying to wake up the hood, fully confident that he owns everything within earshot of his crowing. Seems like that’s how we sometimes try to act, whether we believe it deep down or not (usually not), and not just the middle schoolers I work with every day, but us adults as well. We’re just better at hiding it, making our insecurities more socially acceptable.
So God’s cosmic highlighter (which is what Bob likes to call it) hit my page this morning:
“Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary. O nations of the world, recognize the LORD; recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong.”
Well, no contest, that. Any Christian will agree about God’s majesty, strength, beauty. What I tend to forget—and I mean in terms of daily, moment-by-moment, mindful application and what comes out of my mouth—is that now I am His sanctuary!
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself…”
Which means honor and majesty surround me, and strength and beauty fill me…in the spiritual realm which, when tapped into through God’s truth renewing my mind, finds its way into my physical day-to-day living and breathing. But like the verse says, I have to recognize it, acknowledge it. What an impact that can have on others around me! (Which is the point, right?)
And that’s with or without Cover Girl.
Psalm 96:6,7; 1 Corinthian 6:19 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.