I remember when I was like 6 or 7 years old, walking up to my house carrying this clay vase with a flower in it, that I was taking home to give to my mom. I was so excited to present this gift to her and see her light up with joy.
As I walked down the sidewalk in front of the house I tripped, and I began to fall. As I was going down, I thought about the vase I was holding. It was a hard clay surface, but it was also very fragile, and I didn’t want it to break, so I held it up high and took the fall with no hands. It hurt pretty badly. I was scraped up on my knees and elbows, cut on my chin and bruises began to form on my hip and head. The vase, on the other hand, was not damaged at all.
A lot of us are bruised, cut, chipped, and scraped up, a lot of us are “ruff-looking” vessels, and that’s okay because what’s on the inside is more important than what’s on the outside.
The vase was the flowers vessel. It was the hard protection around the soft, delicate, beautiful flower. I had focused on saving the vase when the vase was there to save the flower. It was a painful lesson for me to learn.
Do you have a case or a screen protector on your phone? I have both, and the screen protector is made of high-quality tempered glass. Which in theory means, if I drop my phone, the glass screen protector will break in order to protect the phone screen from breaking.
Putting on things or covering up things to protect what’s on the inside is great, but if we spend all of our time dressing up the outside by putting things on, and pushing things up and poking things out, and so on… then we end up forgetting about what’s really important… what’s on the inside. Look at TV commercials and magazines; they do a great job of dressing up the outward.
“Advertising featuring attractive spokespersons and models fills television screens and print media, presumably because attractive people sell more products” (Dion, Berscheid, and Walster 1972). http://acrwebsite.org/volumes/9843/volumes/v20/NA-20
But what is on the inside?
I use to always say: the outside gets you there, but the inside keeps you there. You can look great on the outside. You can have the perfect body, ripped with a 6 pack, or a pretty face with smokey eyes and “Collagen” or “Hyaluronic Acid” filled lips or you can wear designer clothes, but on the inside, you may be as ugly as it gets. Clothes don’t make you a better person. Makeup (all though it definitely helps some people), doesn’t make you a nicer person to be around. As the old saying goes, you can dress up poop but it’s still poop. What makes you a good person, what makes you a person that people want to be around and have a relationship with is what’s on the inside, not what’s on the outside.
Here is a test you can do… Find an attractive person that is depressed or has some ugliness on the inside, and have them look at themselves in a mirror. What do you think they will say about how they look??? How we feel on the inside, tends to reflect how we feel and see ourselves on the outside.
You have to work from the inside out, not the other way around, if you want to feel better about yourself and have a more joyful and meaningful life.
In the beginning, God formed and then He filled. He formed the sea and filled it with fish. He formed the air and filled it with birds. He formed the earth and filled it with animals.
When it came to man, he repeated the process but with a more personal touch.(Maybe that’s why so many of us desire to be touched today.) Out of the dust of the earth he formed man and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.
God “The Potter” has formed you like a clay vessel and filled you with a beautiful flower on the inside. Find that beautiful flower, even if you have to break open the vessel that’s carrying it because what’s on the inside is more important than what’s on the outside.
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