Ya know what? I learn something new about myself almost every day. I once heard someone say that at least 10% of the people you know or come into contact with will not like you or your ways. No matter what you do, they will see it or take it wrong. Everyone has their own reasons for how they feel. I have judged people that I don't know simply by how they look. I have to believe that people have done the same with me. I like to think that I'm ok with that. But truly, truly I don't want people to think or feel the wrong thing about me. Sometimes you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Truth be told, you cannot control how people feel about you. I try to stay true to myself and be the woman that God created me to be. No matter what I do or say, I want people to see God in me. I'm not always a good ambassador or representative for Christ, it's just the opposite. Christ is my ambassador. My savior who helps me be the woman that God created me to be.
Today in church we read about Jesus' appearance. He was not attractive. He was actually very homely. He looked like someone that most of us would either judge or dismiss. Why do you think God created Jesus this way? This taught me that looks should never, ever matter. We need to get past our feelings regarding looks. Somebody can be fine as wine and not worth your time. You feel me? Don't be so vain. Satan was one of the most beautiful angels. Most of us envision Satan as this ugly, red being with horns, a pitch fork and a tail. But when evil presents itself, it will be a deceptively beautiful package. It will appear as something that you think you need or must have. Anything to take your focus off of God. Most of the time it's very subtle. Think about something that keeps you from spending quiet time with God, such as TV or anything that keeps you from going to church. Aren't most NFL football games on Sunday? I'm just saying.
I let so many things distract me and interfere with reading God's word. Honestly, when I skip quiet time with God, my peace can be difficult to obtain. Reading His word is what gives me the daggers that I need to defeat the lies and tricks of the devil. God's word helps us in the battle between good and evil. This battle is not against flesh and blood. This is not a physical war. This is a spiritual battle that goes on around us and we are not even aware of it most of the time. God's word reveals everything that we need to fight the spiritual battle against temptation, confusion, illness, fear, etc.....
"Enemy occupied territory that is what this world is." - C.S. Lewis