True Beauty?

John Foley —  July 23, 2010

I hate to admit this, but the show True Beauty just sucked me in. Here is how ABC’s website describes the show:

The attractive contestants assume they’re being judged solely on their physical attributes when, in fact, the episodes will showcase two sides of each person, one that displays outer beauty as well as one that exhibits inner beauty. One person will be eliminated each week based on their behavior and how well they ranked in each challenge, as they’re evaluated and critiqued by the judges. At the end of eight episodes, one winner will be declared who has successfully demonstrated both inner and outer beauty. That winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and a feature article in People magazine.

The show revolves around a cast of people who believe they are being judged solely on their physical beauty when in fact, the main point of the show is to judge how they act when they think no one is watching.  At the end of the show, the judges show the eliminated contestant hidden camera footage of how they acted when they thought no one was paying attention.

Being in children’s ministry, or any ministry, one has to realize that we are constantly being watched.  We may not have hidden cameras on us, but we are still being watched.  How do we handle stress?  How do we handle change?  How do we handle it when something doesn’t go the way we think it should?

Recognizing this has been a challenge for me personally.  I thought I was actually better at hiding my frustrations when things didn’t go my way then I turned out to be.  For example, just this week the video card in desktop went out, my DVD burner on my laptop stopped working, and I found out that the hard drive on my laptop is failing.  This might not be a problem for some people, but I am in charge of putting together the lessons for the class I teach, and that presentation is done 80% by video which I usually put together on that equipment. I wish I could say that I remained calm and didn’t let the situation get to me.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.  I ended up spending over 20 hours trying to get this weeks’ lesson done – a task which normally takes about 2 hours.  I am sure glad that I have my 3 year old son to keep me in check.

So how do you handle stress, changes or when things don’t go as you planned?  How do you act, and what comes out of your heart, when you think that no one else is watching?

Psalm 139:1-12:

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

John Foley

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John is a husband and father to two wonderful, energetic, world changing kids. He is the volunteer Children’s Pastor at Common Ground Church in Tulsa, OK where he teaches kids from 2nd to 5th grade. During the work week you will find John at a local credit union but inside he is dreaming of ways to impact a kid’s life and of course all the cool gadgets that are about to be released.

2 responses to True Beauty?

  1. John,

    I have seen the show once. As reality TV goes, I didn’t find it all that compelling, but I do think the premise is quite interesting. Furthermore, you’ve hit on something that is really important for all of us. We need to remember in everything we do, God is watching. We shouldn’t view him in some sort of cosmic policeman role, but as our loving Father our goal should be to want to please him. Thanks for this great reminder!

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