Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The blonde who was stopping traffic ...

I'm sitting in Starbucks trying to get some work done. As I'm busy thinking, I glance out the window and see a young man in a car stop short, and sit there looking at something. I notice two other fellows stop and look in the same direction.

What were they looking at?

Along the front of the coffee shop comes along a young, tall blonde female dressed in skin tight leggings, a cropped top, and high heels, quite obviously enjoying the attention she's getting from the men outside. When she enters Starbucks, I watch the people inside and observe all the men lock eyes upon this young woman as she makes her way to the counter. Most don't take their eyes off her until she leaves with coffee in hand.

Many of us are visual creatures, but men tend to be more so than women. It was very nearly humorous, but literally quite sad the behavior of most of the men who observed this young woman. I think there's little doubt that she chose to dress in such a way as to capture attention, but the visual of a beautiful blonde certainly resulted in stopped cars and near adolescent behavior from grown men.

Visuals get our attention!

Is it any wonder, then, that Jesus taught us to live in such a way that our devotion to God visually demonstrates to people the beauty of a life transformed?

"In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father," Matthew 5:16.

Jesus lived such a beautiful life that He messed up traffic when entering a city. Crowds would follow Him, people packed houses He visited. They were enraptured not just with what they heard from Him, but what they saw from Him. His life outwardly demonstrated the love, grace, and glory of God, and that captured people's attention!

Does your life do that?

With Christ in you, it can!

And that's how Jesus wants us to live. He wants the outward expression of our lives to pierce through our environments and stand out, like a light that cannot be hidden but draws the attention of people all around us. He wants people to be able to see the beauty of Him in us!

Is that what they see in you?

Scotty

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