Looking Good or Being Good?

A man being sought by police in Ohio was unhappy with the mug shot that was circulated with the warrant for his arrest, so he decided to send authorities a better one.

Donald A. “Chip” Pugh, 45, is wanted for failure to appear in multiple cases including arson and vandalism, the Lima Police Department stated in a Facebook post. Police posted a mugshot of Pugh on their Facebook page, but the suspect didn’t think it was the most representative of himself.

Donald A. Pugh's selfie photo

To rectify this, Pugh texted police a new selfie with the caption “here is a better photo that one is terrible.” Police posted the new photo on Facebook with the caption: “We thank (Pugh) for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the (police station) about his charges.”

It seems that it’s human nature to be more concerned with looking good than actually being good. This way of thinking isn’t restricted to thugs. Many upstanding church people are just as guilty of being too concerned with appearances.Too often we are more concerned with what others think of us than of what God thinks of us. This is dangerous, for it produces Christians who think they can be good without repentance.Don’t be satisfied with posting a better mug shoot of yourself for the public to admire. As often as it’s necessary, turn to God in repentance and allow Him to cleanse you from the inside out.

From the Palm Beach Post


One of the the most useful bits of knowledge I have gleaned from life is the importance of balance. There must be balance between work and family. There must be balance between studies and recreation. Chapter three of Ecclesiastes is all about balance. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..” Verses 1 

One of the keys to a fulfilled life is not only knowing which season of life you are in but also accepting that it. I went to the doctor today and he reminded me that my body is aging and I cannot expect it to respond like it did when I was forty. It is a fact that I have to accept and live with it.

Balance sometimes means understanding that not all wrongs will be made right immediately. King David learned this fact. In Psalm 73 he struggled with the prosperity of the wicked. He lamented the fact that there seemed there was no punishment for their wickedness. But God gave him understanding [balance] in verse 17 “Only when I came into God’s holy place did I finally understand what would happen to them.” 

God is a God of balance. He will right wrongs and bring justice. God is in control and He never makes a mistake! “…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? Genesis 18:25

The Way Up is Down

ladder2In an earlier post, Keeping Score, we talked how people keep score. But in the game of life, we need to know how God is keeping ‘score.’ How do we know if we are growing spiritually in our lives? You may think this verse is over simplistic but here is the way God keeps score. “Those whom God had already chosen he also set apart to become like his Son...” [Romans 8:29] God’s ultimate will and goal for all Christ followers is that we become more like Jesus Christ, His Son.

People are obsessed with climbing the ladder of success. Jesus, who was already at the top of the organizational chart of the universe, gave up his rights to become a servant. Philippians 2:5-7The problem with spending your life climbing up the ladder is that you go right past Jesus, for he’s coming down

God’s Word often teaches truth that does not make sense to the world. I Cor. 1:27 God wants us to know that the way up is down. “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 I am afraid we often look at people and classify them as failures, while God sees honor. The moment Jesus looked like a failure in the world’s scoring system was His moment of greatest triumph in the eyes of the Father. Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; Philippians 2:9

Remember, God’s way up is down.