Vanity, thy name is (insert name here)....
Lent is the time for sacrifice. I've decided to give up my vanity for Lent. Did I say it was gonna be easy?
Vanity is the single most trajectory leading to sin. Vanity's lover and best friend, Pride, assist perfectly in their common goal--sin.
I am vain. You are probably too. Ok, sure you're not, uhumm, never underestimate the power of denial #americanbeauty. I can't think of one person, other than Mother Teresa, that I know of, that is not vain. Completely humble. Ok, maybe Pastor Harry Pressley, (I listen to The Shepherd's Heart on 90.5 fm) Nonetheless, I am not just the "do I look attractive" vain, but the real vain. Ego-driven, highly sensitive, slightly, ok, a little more than slightly paranoid. I want to be original, but I want people to like me and fit in which is motivated by vanity.
The tears are vanity.
Seeking approval from others is vanity.
Annoyance with others is vanity. Liking others is vanity.
Distrust in others is vanity. Trusting others can also be vanity.
Self-idolaty is vanity.
Competition is vanity.
Jealously is vanity. At this point, is there any characteristic of humans that does not begin with vanity??
Recently, my youngest daughter's Facebook status stated: "money is the root of all evil". To which I commented, "no vanity is. trust me on this one." Trust me.
How do you get rid of vanity? This is where Grace, only God's Grace has to step in and save the day!!! When I feel God's Grace, and yes I do actually feel it, then I feel void of vanity. When I give gratitude, to the One who Gives It All, then I feel void of vanity. When I feel empathy for someone or for many, then I feel void of vanity.
Problem is, doesn't seem to last very long.
Our culture, our world says memememememememememe...how is this affecting ME?
God is teaching me, to think how is this affecting Him? Glorifying Him? How is my behavior, or my words, affecting others?
Here He Comes To Save The Day....and He Ain't Mighty Mouse. But He sure is Almighty.