As Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been wondering why we all possess a tendency to become so dazzled with ourselves whenever we encounter success. Perhaps the wisdom we need to understand such foolishness lies in the biblical story about Lucifer.
According to Scripture, God covered Lucifer with all sorts of precious gems and stones. Lucifer was God’s most magnificent angel. And as the anointed Cherub, Lucifer was the angel closest to God. Nevertheless, Lucifer’s own brilliance was simply a reflection of God’s glory. Yet, it was also Lucifer’s magnificence that led him to the pride and ambition that caused his fall.
If you are fortunate enough to have been born with natural good looks, consider how much you had to do with your appearance. Your parents and God created you. Consequently, you probably just resemble your mother and father. In addition, you likely depend on other people’s talents to design and to make the nice clothes you like to wear, which compliment whatever body type and good features you might have.
If you ever endured braces to improve your smile, did your parents or someone else pay for them? Even if you paid for them yourself, didn’t you need the orthodontist’s skill and knowledge to ensure that you were not stuck with teeth you didn’t like?
Attractive actors and entertainers often serve as the prime examples of the shallow self-importance that one’s physical appearance can inspire. How many of them have inflated images of themselves? So many entertainers manage to get involved in one crusade or the other, pontificating about social causes and usually oozing hypocritical self-righteousness. But what possesses them to feel so qualified?
Their fame and notoriety is an ironic result of the ultimate deception. By pretending to be someone else through the roles they portray, attractive actors and actresses achieve their glory. They essentially live in a world of make believe. They generally rely on the talents and skills of other people `` `who produce the scripts and characters that they, the actors, play. They also depend on other professionals to accentuate their physical appearances with make-up or cosmetic surgery. That so many entertainers have become completely deceived and smitten by the flattery and adoration of a limitless supply of naive people is a sad reality.
Lee Culpepper is a former Marine and high school English teacher. He is currently working to complete his first book, Alone and Unafraid: One Marine’s Counterattack Inside the Walls of Public Education. Visit Lee’s website at www.leeculpepper.com.
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