Today Chandra saw Michael for the first time after his surgery. She commented that she would have to really look him over... the changes have made a difference in his appearance.
Now, I will tell you that there is a difference, but it isn't that drastic. His lip is fuller, but that will change some as the swelling subsides. His nose is definitely the biggest change. It is no longer totally flat. It is kind of strange to look at him and actually see nostrils on both sides! But it is a relief as it has been hard to keep his little nose clean!
He is definitely still a little on the grumpy side. It isn't that he really feels bad...he just doesn't really feel good! But that will improve with time, and each day that has actually improved.
Now, back to looks... as Chandra talked this morning I couldn't help but think about our spiritual lives. There have been times in my life when I have ran across someone that I used to know pretty well, and I could tell there was just someting different about them. You know what I'm talking about? The kind of change that you can't really put your finger on, but it is just enough to make you take notice. That is the way we should be when we have put on Christ in our lives...
We don't have to stand out in the crowd as much as we have to 'fit in with a difference'. I am not saying that we should conform to the world to be accepted, but we have to make our relationship with Christ such a priority in our lives that people will just somehow notice the change. I think that this actually speaks louder to those who are searching than shouting our "Christianity" from the roof tops!
When we accept Christ into our lives we are a "new creation"... we have cast off the old. Just like Michael, we need to continue to look at each day as another day of healing....from our problems, our diappointments, our sinful nature....and then we need to take a look in the mirror and remember that while change can often be painful... the results can lead us to a much better outlook on life in the future.