Ugly- (adj) unpleasant or repulsive, especially in appearance
There are a lot of bad words in the English language. Many of these words will leave a sting if they are directed at someone else. The word ugly has developed into a very hurtful word. I can argue that it is one of the worst. If someone has ever called you ugly you probably never forgot it or ever will.
To have our appearance attacked feels like an attack on identity. It feels as if name callers dislike of your outer shell determines what kind of person you have been to the world. I pray that if anyone has verbally attacked you on your appearance to your face or behind your back that you have recovered from the pain.
We live in a society where we are so quick to fix our outer appearance when others find it distasteful. We do all we can to control it and change how people perceive us.
“I don’t like that shirt on you”….“I’ll change it”
“You are so pale”….“I’ll go tan”
“I think you would look cuter as a blonde”….”I’ll dye my hair.”
“Her nose is giant”...I’ll fix it.
“He is so scrawny”…I’ll go work out.
The way we talk about others illustrates how much we as humans place appearance on a pedestal.
Is he or she attractive?
What do they look like? Tall? Short?
Locker room talk: scale of 1-10?
When others dislike our external appearance we want to please them. We want to have no blemishes.
If that is the case…
Why do we choose sin?
There will always be people in the world that perceive you as ugly. They will not find you attractive. They will call you names. They will laugh at you. You have no control of this fact.
However, each time we sin we are turning very ugly. Each time we turn our backs on God we are leaving the beauty of the light and falling into the muddy pit of darkness. We are staining our souls.
If your neighbor could see your sins painted on your body like muck would it matter how attractive you are? Would it matter if you are tall, short, fat, skinny, etc?
When we talk about others let physical appearance not be the bulk of conversation.
What has he or she done for the community?
What makes this individual unique?
How has this individual brought you closer to Christ?
When we look in the mirror we critique our appearance. Prayer is very similar. Through prayer God allows us to see the sin in our lives we can STOP.
The question I pose to you today is this:
Friends, we are all so ugly at times. We are humans in a flesh-centered world. The good news is that through Christ we are made clean. Our stained souls are washed anew.
Here is a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra after someone made fun of his appearance.
Our looks means nothing. Our external shell is short-lived. Let us focus on the appearance of our souls.
We need to build souls that do not strike out.