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We live in a world where image is everything Every shiny cover store and television program proclaims the message that how you look what you own where you live what you wear or what you drive are determiners of worth None of us want to be superficial but honestly it is hard not to allow these externals to become the lens through which we assign value to ourselves How many times do we size people up and use faulty filters to form our vision of the worth of other peopleIn the Hebrew Scriptures there is a story told of a man named David who had risen from impoverished beginnings as a shepherd boy to become the most powerful head of the state of Israel If anyone knew about chasing external things it was David He had risen to the pinnacle of power and had defined his image by the level of his successIn my faith tradition image is defined in very different terms than it is in society This image has nothing to do with externals and everything to do with the internalWhy do we spend so much energy tending to our surfaces and so little time tending to our souls Why do we spend so much time tending to our resumes and so little time tending to our spiritual life All people are created masterpieces the unborn child the man in prison the old veteran sitting alone in the nursing home the young person who has almost given up on life the discouraged or despairing person reading this message God sees into your eyes and mine As the psalmist observed the light he finds there is more luminous than the moon and the stars However faded or distorted it may be this sparkle is our spiritual value it is our relational vision it is our creative vocation It is what makes us most like the perfect image of God
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