In our world today, we are constantly told that we have to look “beautiful” or “appealing”. We’re pressured to have perfect hair, clothes, and a perfect figure. This has created a generation of young people who aren’t real, but fake. A generation of young people who are just there to “look good.” The majority of teens no longer try to learn and be morally good; instead, they’re constantly striving to be accepted into the newest cultural norm. This results in a generation of insincere and self-focused young people.
In a world that shows off all that glitters, sparkles, and shines, there are things of much more value.
The Bible talks a lot about how man looks on the outside, but God looks on the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7 – 7: But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
It is more important what you are and what you do rather than what you look like.
For example, to make a beautiful craft, you might use glitter. However, for that glitter to stick and to complete the craft, you need glue. The glitter may look pretty, but it doesn’t keep everything together. It’s there for show.
The glue, on the other hand, is there to keep everything together. Everything else is dependent upon the glue.
Jesus was a great example of being real, genuine, and steadfast. Jesus wasn’t like the Pharisees in the Bible who walked around with an air of pride and good appearance. In fact, Jesus was humble and a materialistically poor man. The Bible also says that he was a plain man when it came to appearance (Isaiah 53:2 – he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him). The Pharisees at first glance might have seemed important, but Jesus was the one the people went to for help. He was the one who kept things together. He was real. He was genuine. His heart was pure.
Glitter is beautiful; glue, on the other hand, is reliable. Glitter will bring attention, but glue will keep the glitter secure.
Many teens yearn to be the glitter, so to speak. They want the attention, they want the admiration, and they frankly want to look good. A person who wants to be the glitter will do good deeds–but only in front of others. They might look amazing, but on the inside they’re not so beautiful. They change depending on who they are with and what’s expected of them. They aren’t around to give support, but to be supported.
A person that wants to be the glue will be the same in front of people as they are alone. They will be genuine and sincere. They’ll always be there for others when they need them. They aren’t around to be supported but to support.
Mark 10:45- For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
As Christians, God has called us to live a life following in His footsteps. Our objective should not be to bring glory to ourselves by being the glitter, but to help others and be the glue. God has called us to be His servants. True value is not found in the person who looks beautiful or says beautiful things; it’s found in the person who humbly loves, serves, and supports others. (Galatians 6:2 – Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.)
Are you being the glue? Or are you settling to be the glitter? The glitter may sound more appealing, but the glue is the thing of more importance. We don’t need to be the center of attention all the time.
We just need to be the one who is willing to take a step back in humility and try to help keep everything together.
About the Writer:
Brittney Johnson is an ordinary girl serving her extraordinary Saviour. She lives in a small town in the beautiful state of Kentucky where she reads, writes, and stays busy being involved in her church. She is a missionary’s daughter and loves traveling the world. She’s a very social person, who loves meeting new people, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.