Generally speaking, people establish their first impressions based on presentation – right? Think about the last time you passed by someone who had pink hair. You immediately thought that person was wild. Or, how about the last time you saw a black male with his pants below his butt. You thought to yourself that he was a “thug” and had no home training – right? You probably took extra precautions with your handbag or wallet.
We’ve all experienced this. I’m no different. I’ve learned over the years not to place meaning on things I see and what I hear. Rather, I like to shed light on the talents God has given to us from creation. Each and every single one of us, including you, have talents that we are to be grateful for. We have talents that we ought to develop. We have talents that we are not to hide, but to use according to God’s purpose. This is why it is important not to judge a book by it’s cover. We all have an inner beauty. Unfortunately, this inner beauty, which is suppose to manifest through our talents is covered up by the distractions of this world. What is meant to be fruitful and productive becomes an enemy to God’s good plan for our lives. What are some things stripping you of your beauty? Beauty is not about looks. True beauty deals with inner beauty. And, inner beauty is rooted in your God given talents.
In 1 Peter 4:7, we are told that “everything in the world is about to be wrapper up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer” (NIV). What are you allowing to be wrapped up? Take some time to sit down in a quiet place and reflect on your purpose. Ask the Lord to reveal why He created you.
When you’re able to communicate with the source of life, then you’ll be able to give glory to God with your talents. This is the beauty of life.