Image

I’ve talked about image before, though I believe this will be a tad bit different.  Saturday night, our keynote speaker, Shelly, talked about image, among other things.  She reminded us that God has made us free to be us.  You may have heard of it, it’s called free-will.  So, let’s look into this more in depth.

au·then·tic·i·ty

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noun

the quality of being authentic;  genuineness.

au·then·tic

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adjective

1. not false or copied; genuine; real: an authentic antique.
2. having the origin supported by unquestionable evidence; authenticated; verified: an authentic document of the Middle Ages; an authentic work of the old master.

Authenticity is the quality of being authentic, or genuine.  Think about the image you project.  Is it authentic?  Are you being real, or are you projecting an image?  If you are projecting an image, why?  And if you are projecting an image, have you been doing that for so long that it’s become authentic?  Is it a proper image to project?  Is your image appropriate for your age?  I know, most don’t like to admit their age.  I’m telling you, be proud of it.  You went through a lot to get to where you are and you should wear that proudly.  Now ask yourself, if you saw someone your age portraying an image as you are; what is your first reaction?  Think about when you were 16 and saw someone your current age, what would you think?  Be honest with yourself.  Then, think about it.

Now, some people base their image on their possessions.  What they have, is what they are.  That tells me a lot about the person.  To me, the people that must have all the possessions believe that people will like and respect them more for having more things.  I don’t believe that that is truly the case.  Most people, not all, that have fancy things and expensive things, etc., are rather obnoxious and don’t seem to really care about anyone but themselves.

So, where does that come from?.  In Colossians 2:20-23, you see the following:

20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules:

Once you ‘die’ with Christ, meaning you put the worldly things behind you, why are you still acting as though you belong in that world and submit to its rules?

21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”?

As Christians, we should not handle, taste, or touch, meaning; don’t fall into this trap.  We are better than that. As Shelly said at the conference, we are princesses, and our father is the King of Kings.  The men, are princes for the same reason.

22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.

So, these rules, which all involve things that will die away as they are used, are based on human commands and teachings, aka beliefs.  Not spiritual.

23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

They have the appearance of wisdom, but are self-imposed worship, they have false humility and treat their bodies harshly.  They lack value in restraining sensual indulgence.

sen·su·al

[sen-shoo-uhl]  Show IPA

adjective

1. pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.
2. lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
3. arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
4. worldly; materialistic; irreligious.

They lack value in restraining carnal, moral, materialistic indulgences.  You know, if you restrain these things, you actually have a pretty nice life.  God will provide what you need.  You don’t have to have the latest style phone, or the biggest TV, or the fanciest car.  What does it get you?  Status?  Not really.  I’ll let you in on a little secret; most people think your an idiot for having a really fancy car.

Set your mind on things above, not earthly things.  You’ll never be disappointed.  Don’t aim for nothing, aim for the highest of the highest.  Aim for being the best you can be, internally and thereby eternally.

More tomorrow.

God Bless.

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