The Ideal Just Doesn’t Exist. . . .

Spotted this powerful video on Facebook this morning. It reminds me of the Cindy Crawford quote I heard a few weeks ago. . . “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford.”

We value all the wrong things. We believe and buy into the lies. Those lies then result in behaviors. The women and girls among us spend endless amounts of time, money, effort, anxiety, worry, and allegiance in an effort to forge an identity that leads nowhere but to the grave. The men and boys among us believe these same lies and behave accordingly. We objectify real women in ways that are informed by the images of those who are nothing but digital deceptions. We should grieve over the lies we’ve believed, and the ways we choose to allow those beliefs to inform behaviors.

This morning, I also read these words in the third chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians. . .

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that aphotoshopping real womenre above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity,passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice,slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wow! The contrast between Paul’s words and the “things that are on earth” couldn’t be more stark. Powerful.

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