Man I Wish I Was Beautiful

When I was a teenager, like most teens, I spent a lot of time in my room – laying across the bed listening to the radio. And like every generation, we lived through the music that we heard.  We listened to the Beatles and wanted to hold her hand. We felt groovy before we really knew what it was. We were philosophical about life asking, “Does anyone really know what time it is?” We loved Dylan even though he couldn’t sing – because he had the courage to say things we only thought. We lived the romance of, “If a man could be two places at one time I’d be with you.” And the anger of saying, “I’m already gone!” 

In the 90s I was doing full time youth ministry. At a “lock-in” I heard a new band with a unique sound called Counting Crows. The tape was being piped through the sanctuary sound system and in the middle of the song, Mister Jones, I heard him say… “Man I wish I was beautiful.” It stuck with me because I’ve felt that way. Not that I have issues about what I look like, it is what it is. But the desire to be desirable is another thing. We all want to be attractive in certain ways. I want to be a good writer. You may desire to be a good public speaker or a capable artist. We would all like to be competent enough to be sought after for what we do.  

Paul says, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15) I guess what I want to say is this. If the message of your life is good news, then you are beautiful in that regard. We can’t all be rock stars – in the Kingdom sense. But we can be those who bring good news. We can encourage those with broken hearts. You can lift the spirit of someone struggling with the load life has given. We can relieve the pressures of life if only for a moment.   You know those that you love because they are just good, godly people – they are beautiful. If you wish you were beautiful, become a person who is others focused. Those who truly love others are the ones who are truly happy. As the song says, “But when everybody loves me, I’m going to be just about as happy as can be. Mr. Jones and me, we’re gonna be big stars…” telemicus out

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