Actors Without Makeup and People of Wal-Mart

Actors Without Makeup and People of Wal-Mart

In tenth grade a horrible bunch of red spots showed up on my face all around my nose and mouth. It stayed there for weeks. Doctors finally concluded it was some weird form of acne. I was so distraught and didn’t want to be seen by anyone. It was embarrassing.

Yesterday Emily was looking at an article that showed pictures of actors without makeup. I remembered that red spot on my face. Man, those people must hate those pictures. An actor’s entire job is to create stuff that isn’t real. It’s all fake.

I started thinking about how much I look to fake stuff to evaluate my life. Pictures in travel magazines or Facebook are all color-enhanced or filtered. I look at the TV and don’t see anyone with red spots on their face. Something must be wrong with me. Sure, lots of people at Wal-Mart have red spots, but those aren’t real people – the TV images are.

And that’s the lie. We’ve got reality all screwed up.

The real people are the ones at Wal-Mart, not the images from Hollywood that we see all doctored up in edited video clips.

Don’t fall for the smoke and mirrors you see all around you. It’s all a façade. The not-perfect people all around you are what’s real.

Extraordinary people boldly face the world with red spots on their face because they know that it’s what’s inside that counts.

For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7