The best face-lift ever

Want to be a woman who stands out among others? While there are many ways to make that happen, there is a wonderful way to get noticed that will point others to God. In fact, this way of getting attention is not about you at all, but totally about God drawing others to Himself through you. When it happens, you rarely know it. God just radiates His goodness from within you, His vessel.

I experienced this firsthand when I met my friend Suzie at the walking track. We had not seen each other for years and decided to exercise together and catch up. We had taught school together and served as musicians in a former church. We were Christian sisters moving about in our earthly callings. While it was great reconnecting with my friend, it was totally awesome to see Jesus in her!

As Suzie and I talked that day, I was stunned by His presence. The Suzie I had known – always beautiful and charming – was now radiant in a new way. There was nothing wrong with the former Suzie – that I knew of – but the new Susie was so touched and transformed that she seemed to be a different person. By her own testimony, she had fallen in love with Jesus, selling out to Him and allowing Him to replace “her hardness” with His gentleness, “her cynicism” with His joy.

I am still impacted by the experience. I have thanked the Lord many times that He allowed me to see and experience Suzie’s transformation. Why? Because it encourages me and reminds me of how I can be more effective in displaying God’s character to others.

If you want to spread God’s glory to family and friends, you can do it – by spending more time with Him. When my boys were young, they helped me make sure I spent plenty of time with Jesus. They discovered that after being with Him, I was more patient, kind and understanding. What was good for me was also good for them.

Time spent with Jesus erases the “hardness” of guilt, shame and worry. Time with Him softens your words and calms your interaction with others. He replaces the rough places in your personality with the gentle authority of His presence.

And something happens in your face. I do not fully understand it, but I have seen it, and I know it to be true. God’s radiance is the best face-lift ever!

“Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed” (Psalm 34:5 HCSB).

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