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April 23, 2018

Who Am I Trying To Impress?

By: Dana Peles [Hastings, PA]

Our student teacher showed up at the school musical in an outfit that didn’t match.

We gave him a hard time about it, but he simply rolled his eyes and said, “Who am I trying to impress?”

Don’t judge by appearances. Judge by what is right.
John 7:24 (CEV)

At that point in my life, I lived to impress. I felt as if everyone was looking at me, and I obsessed about my appearance. I wouldn’t leave my room without makeup or leave the house in sweatpants. I felt that wrinkled clothes or less than perfect hair would give others the right to look down on me. If I didn’t look great, I didn’t feel great.

One day, as I was putting on makeup just to go to the post office, I recalled my student teacher’s words: Who am I trying to impress? My answer to that question was “Everyone!” Realizing the pressure I was putting on an already fragile self-esteem, I found comfort in knowing that God judges not by my appearance but by what is in my heart.

LIVING TO IMPRESS? God doesn’t care if your shirt matches your shoes. God cares about the ways you love and value other people—and yourself. When you look in the mirror and start to fret about your appearance, ask yourself, “Who am I trying to impress?” When you can answer, “God,” the fretting will stop!

Accept The Gift

Today, I challenge you to stop living in fear of judgment and to live in the grace that Christ and his people freely lavish on you. You are loved. Now live like it!

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