Is this the way we age?

MSN.COM ran a spread on how the celebrities look before an after they have gone under the knife.  Believe me, natural aging looks better!!! Kenny Rogers looks like a space alien, not to mention Wayne Newton.

But I do wonder if there is a parallel to Christians who go into makeover mode, spiritually speaking, and end up not being themselves. We fall into line with the latest makeover and adopt a persona that promises the new and the exciting. I think of the new men’s movement or the latest version of positive Christianity or the newest road tour of the Women of Faith seminars. Yes, there is something to see and to learn. But the problem comes when we think we have found the ultimate plastic surgery (spiritually speaking) and we have been granted the genie’s wish of no longer being ourselves. The reality is that I am me. You are you. We will always have our genetic code, physically and spiritually – our combination of gifts, challenges, tendencies and patterns. These will be sanctified, utilized, and where necessary challenged and watched. Spiritual growth is always changing me into the real, God-designed me. Embracing this reality leads to authenticity and true attractiveness. My belief is that each of us has been given a certain kind of brokenness to face and overcome with Christ’s power. We never lose that brokenness – we embrace it and become a demonstration to the world of Christ in us, the hope of glory. Fads can seem to promise me that I can escape that struggle, lose that memory, change the gravitational pull of that pattern. I think not. The new nature does not replace the old nature. The old nature remains. The new grows stronger and the old becomes weaker – but it never ceases to exist and will always reassert itself given the chance.

Note these verses:

(1Ti 6:6)  A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God.
(Gal 6:4)  Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others.
Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

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