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Monday, February 28, 2011

And the Winner Is

Did you watch the Oscars last night?

I did… some of it at least.

This formal ceremony, where awards are presented to recognize the excellence of professionals in the film industry, is one of the most prominent ceremonies of the year.

But of course, most people watch not because they want to see if their favorite movie wins the most Oscars.  No, most of us watch to see what everyone chooses to wear on Hollywood's biggest night.

If you watched the Red Carpet Pre-show then you know that EVERY director, actor, costume designer, writer, and cinematographer was asked the same question…

Who are you wearing?  Of course we know what they mean, Who is the designer and creator of your gown and your jewelry or your tux? 

The Oscars is a night that is just as much about appearance as it is the film industry.

I love what God says to Samuel when he's looking at David's brothers to anoint one, or so he thought, as King, Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

You see, what they were wearing last night had no affect on the performance they gave in the films they were nominated for, and yet the world was judging them not based on their talent, but on their looks.

In 1 Samuel 17 we read where King Saul placed his armor on the young shepherd boy David to go out and fight the giant of a man Goliath.

King Saul gave David all the things that a soldier needed to defeat Goliath when he placed his armor on him.  But David wasn’t a soldier.  He was a shepherd.

He didn’t fit into the soldier’s clothing.  He was a shepherd and if he was going to win the battle, it would be as a shepherd.

When David was himself, he succeeded.

And the rest is history.

Lesson, if we want to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives, then we should wear the clothes that God designes and provides for us. We should be the people whom God has called us to be.

I remember when my children were little, each morning before school I would lay out their clothes for them to wear.  I never left it up to them.  If I had they would have worn their favorite shorts and flops in the dead of winter.

I was wiser (and still am I might add) and I knew what they needed.  And trust me, there were days they did not want to wear what I had picked out for them. They had their own ideas of what they should wear.  Yet thankfully, their mom won those little battles.

God is wiser.  He knows what we need.  He knows who we need to be.  He laid it out for us long before time (Jeremiah 29:11).

Now let me ask you, who are you wearing? 

A little shepherd boy armed with only with a stone, stood before a giant armed with a sword...

And prospered.

And when you wear what God has planned, when you live the life He called you to live, when you just be you, you will prosper and you will succeed… even when you shouldn’t.

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