We’ve got it all wrong.
We are living our life completely backwards.
This past week, I flipped through several magazines that have been piling up in my little living room here. All of them have articles that focus on staying younger, living longer, and dressing sexier. I read about countless serums for your face, products for your hair, your nails, your skin — all to make yourself look younger.
Why are we so obsessed with looking younger? Why we are so obsessed with how we physically look?
Don’t get me wrong, I care about how I look. I think we all should care in some way, but I don’t think it should dominate our lives. I eat healthy, I exercise, I bathe, I dress appropriately, but I’m not on a quest to defy the inevitability of time. I’ve got more important quests on my mind. I’m trying to sharpen my mind. I’m trying to purge my heart.
What about being wiser? What about living a more pure and wholesome life? What about our inner beauty? Why aren’t people writing articles about that? Why don’t we challenge one another to seek the Lord more, have a purer heart, have a clearer conscience?
Forget the makeup, the serums, and the clothes for a moment, and ask yourself what’s going to matter in the end? What’s going to matter when this life ends? Will it matter if you look five or ten years younger than your peers?
We are taking life on backwards. Instead of being so obsessed with preserving the outside, we should be more determined to change and renew our insides. We should be more focused on softening our hearts and sharpening our minds. What would happen if we all stopped obsessing over what we are wearing and focused more on where we are in our walk with Christ?
Don’t be a fool and live to perfect your external when your internal is what is crying out for maintenance.
The things of this world are fleeting.
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – Proverbs 31:30 (ESV)