Almost 17 million Americans had plastic surgery last year. Apparently, a personal image still matters to many people.
In research conducted by the NFO WorldGroup, 87 percent of adults would like to change at least one part of their body for appearance reasons. Only 18 percent of men and 10 percent of women are happy enough with their bodies that they wouldn't change a thing.
It seems easy to conclude that we care much more about our physical appearance than we do our innermost, spiritual condition. We are exposed to multiple messages on a daily basis about how to improve our image.
Jesus taught us to focus on the authentic self rather than some contrived image. Jesus spoke hard sayings. He often withdrew from His following into a desert place for prayer. He challenged the self-righteous.
Jesus wasn't concerned with His public persona.
There's a leadership lesson here.
Often, leaders fail to do the right thing because they care more about being liked than they care about being principled. Some leaders consider their "company image" before saying or doing things that are correct, but unpopular.
Our spiritual image is developed "line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little" (Isaiah 28:10).
The spiritual nips and tucks are not plastic.
Plastic things are not eternal.
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