An Image Problem
As October rolls us into autumn’s embrace, one thing becomes crystal clear in the Noble household. It’s that time of year again. The time when trees and lawns covered with beautiful hews of red, orange, and yellow leaves? The time when cool crisp breezes seep into our open windows as the heat of summer drifts away? The time when Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations start popping up?
Nope… none of the above.
I’m talking about the time of the year that finds the Noble men spending most of the weekends glued to their televisions, tablets, or mobile devices. Yep…the middle of football season…again! And probably more than a few of my non-football sisters out there who claim husbands, boyfriends, fathers, and brothers will agree…this time of the year exemplifies one of those things we learn to cope with.
Sadly, the NFL and college football encountered a rough start to this year’s season. Several flags got tossed in the air for illegal plays and actions. Not on the football field but on the field of life. Popular players engaged in unlawful practices ranging from domestic violence and child abuse to illegal substance abuse and theft. Media coverage inside and outside of the sports world clearly indicates football’s negative image problem needs tackling.
Sure, things calmed down since the first couple of weeks of the season when negative story after negative story filled the headlines. However, image problems rarely go away as time passes. An image problem can lead to severe consequences. For example, if an adverse issue persists in the NFL or college football, it not only causes serious financial problems, but it also carries unfortunate repercussions that diminish the reputation of the entire sport. No wonder the NFL and college conferences around the country seek consultants and so-called experts to help tackle the problems and fix their image.
Of course this reminded me of CUTE. How many of us deal with a negative image problem that needs tackling? We penalize ourselves with the unrealistic standards that the world places on us. But unlike the football realm, we don’t have to seek a solution, because we carry in our possession, the perfect image solver…Jesus Christ.
God’s word declares that you stand as a work of art: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…” (Ephesians 2:10). He created us in His image, and since Jesus possesses no image problem, we possess none either when we rest in Him.
Do you desire a positive image? Do you yearn to score touchdowns in your life? Do you want to toss the yellow flag on everybody else’s notion of self-worth and beauty? Then thank Him for your unique design and use His playbook, the Bible, to play offense instead of defense. Know whom you represent and live like it. When you do, negative image problems disappear. I don’t know about you, but I desire to win in the game of life. So, I will kick everyone else’s viewpoint of me to the curb. Why? Simply…
Because I Am CUTE!!