Some of us walk around as unopened gifts, placing more value in our wrappings than in the actual gifts within us. Some of us really place no value in the wrapping in comparison to the love and excitement we poor into the gift itself. Would we not agree that the gift inside is most valuable and most important?
Then why is it that so many of us fall short of this? Wrappings tear easily and are useless, in a sense. Think about it! When you've opened all your presents on Christmas Day, what actually happens to all the wrappings? They go into the trash cans or even fireplaces, right? Scripture tell us that "charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting," in the Book of Proverbs. So, why do we put so much value in what's on the outside, when we have GOD-given treasure on the inside??!
Do we not realize that by putting more emphasis on maintaining a good look, we sacrifice a lot? Look at it this way. In my past, one thing that would really make me feel like crap is the kiss before leaving the house. Her lip gloss would be on and poppin, which meant I'd get a superficial, barely a kiss, kiss before leaving the house. Such kisses were useless to me. If I could not lay one on her the way I wanted to, then I could go without it all together. So, ladies, take heed. When you have a man who loves you, truly loves you, to the moon and back, all he ever wants is to share that with you every chance he gets, in the best ways HE knows how. AND, he really doesn't give much of a flip about your outer appearance, plain and simple. He actually sees beyond the wrapping that you've exhausted yourself and sacrificed so much to maintain. He sees into your gift, your heart, and he ADORES it!! Same for all you pretty boys out there. This is a two-way street. Some of you walk around prettier and more prissy than your wives.
True intimacy cannot be had with the boundaries of hair, lip gloss, and looks protections. Unwillingness to get down and dirty in a relationship, strains that relationship. What I mean by getting down and dirty is simply not putting SO MUCH value into the material and superficial things and being content with who you are and what you have. Amos Lee says, "Sometimes we forget what we've got; who we are and who we are not." Then, he comes back to say, "Sometimes we forget WHO we've got; who they are and who they are not." Knowing who you are is imperative in any relationship, just as it is extremely imperative that you KNOW who you are with in said relationship!
Where do you place your value? Seriously, where do you place it?! Are you more concerned about how things look (the wrapping), OR how things truly are (the gift)?? Harsh reality check: once your gift is exposed, that wrapping is absolutely meaningless. Your gift will either be liked or dislike; loved or hated. If there is a lump of coal in that box, pretty paper can't help that. If there is pure gold in that box, then the wrapping is definitely of no consequence! In either case, the wrapping means jack-nathan!! That, my friends, is what it boils down to.
The world wants us to think and feel that appearances are everything, yet God places all the value on our hearts. I feel as though I have not said enough, but I will go ahead and stop here. I am always open to comments and further discussions on ANY of my posts. So please feel free!
HAPPY TUESDAY!! I LOVE YOU ALL, EACH AND EVERY ONE!!
Bryan Hollomon Williams