"Maybe she needs to just get ahead of God and have Him bless her efforts." I got wind of this statement (referring to me) and all I could do was smile. Ok, I might have chuckled on the inside a little. Get ahead of God?!! This would be a travesty.
People like to put others in “boxes.” We think that because they are “this,” then they must be “that.” We can be so quick to judge others and by doing that, we miss out on getting to know people that may not be so different from us after all. Yes, I was a model. Yes, I had my picture taken quite often, but no, I was/am not vain or into myself.
Back in the day I got lost, like really lost. I was on my way to a modeling job in Michigan in the dark of the night. This was before you could just whip out your phone and use the GPS. Somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn, which in return, messed up the organized sheets of mapquest directions I held tightly in my hand.
“Why can’t you look like your sister?” Those words sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard to my ears, chilling my body, and it was like a bee sting. I sat on the school bus looking at the boy who just said that to me, feeling such pain, hurt, and even a bit of anger.
While worshipping the Lord at church the this past weekend, I saw parts of my life (the ones that were messy, painful, scary, and lonely) play in my mind like a movie in fast forward. They came rushing in like a wave, causing me to tear up.
As Christians, we will not make the greatest impact on our generation by having the mind of the world. We will make the greatest impact by having our minds more like Christ. “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)