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Monday, August 13, 2012

August 13: Come Back


NOTE TO SELF: When I was a teenager I loved the movie, “Valley Girl,” and one of my favorite parts was when Nicolas Cage’s character called the radio station and dedicated a song to Julie, begging her, “Come back soon, ya know!” in that obvious valley accent.

And then there’s the movie, Grease. Oh, how my husband hates that movie. For some reason he’s got in his head that Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) somehow became a “loose woman” for Danny. But Danny changed for her, too. He didn’t just change into a frat boy cardigan. He changed his whole way of living and thinking for her. Sandy, on the other hand, merely changed her clothes (thank goodness). She tried to portray herself as something she wasn’t on the inside. Remember how she tried to smoke a cigarette and nearly choked, and then had no idea how to put it out and the rest of the girls were dictating her every move?

Changing our clothes doesn’t make us who we are. What we look like to everyone else doesn’t mean a thing in the grand scheme of things. It’s our life that tells the story of who we are. Do we live a Christ-like life? Or do we just wear the clothes? Are our Christians garments so fancy that they tell the rest of the world that they couldn’t afford the luxury of Christ, or does our humbleness and honesty tell the story of a great Redeemer?

“Christians should outwardly manifest their inner, redeemed natures, not once, however, but daily” (The MacArthur Daily Bible study notes, pg. 815, re: Romans 12:2).

Danny Zuko found a love that changed his life for the better. When we go back to God, He will help us change our lives for the better, too, and the clothes we wear will reveal His greatness.

PRAYER: Lord God, we are running back to You with our whole hearts! Help us change our lives and let our lives reveal Your glory. Let Your love overwhelm us to the point that we desire nothing else but to be changed by Your redeeming grace and mercy. Amen.

JOURNAL: Have you ever tried a new wardrobe in hopes of changing everyone’s perspective of who you really are? How did that work for you?

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