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No Photoshop For Me

Monday, June 17, 2019

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“I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don't find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more.” – Anne Hathaway

A few years ago, Deanna and I were invited to attend a walk-through drama at a local church called, “1914”. Through a series of indoor and outdoor scenes, it depicted the story of the spontaneous cease-fire that took place between German and English troops during World War I. Hearing each other singing carols on Christmas Eve, the soldiers laid down their arms, exchanged gifts and pleasantries, and even played a friendly game of soccer. Sadly, the cease-fire only lasted for 24 hours and soon, the two sides were once again engaging in horrific trench warfare.

One of the indoor scenes portrayed a Belgian café, which had a large mirror on the wall opposite us. As I listened to the actors play their parts, I glanced momentarily into the mirror and was startled to see a middle-aged man staring back at me. It only took a split-second to realize that the man with the graying hair, crow’s feet, and sagging jowls was me!

I must admit that, contrary to Anne Hathaway’s advice, I am still a perfectionist in many areas of my life. I was always taught that if you’re going to do something, you should do it well and to the very best of your ability. Over my six decades, that motto and mindset have applied to everything from academics to ministry.

However, as I approach my 60th birthday in September, one area of my life that I don’t worry about much is my physical appearance. Now, don’t get me wrong. I practice good hygiene, try to dress well, and watch my weight. But the fact that I now have more gray hairs on my head than brown ones doesn’t bother me a bit. And rather than pay a professional barber to cut those rapidly graying hairs, I usually allow Deanna to trim me up with an electric razor every few weeks.

I may have a few vices, but vanity isn’t one of them. I guess you could say that I am comfortable in my own skin and looking forward to my glorified body. Only then will this perfectionist be made perfect.

How about you, my friend? Are you spending too much time and money in a futile attempt to outfox Father Time? If so, my advice would be to relax and enjoy the aging process as much as possible. After all, the Bible says that the splendor of old men is their gray head (Proverbs 20:29) and that children – and grandchildren – are a heritage from the Lord (Psalm 127:3).

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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