by Aneel Aranha
"A man's style is his mind's voice. Wooden minds, wooden voices." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Once a man attended a fair and saw another man leading a fine, well-groomed horse. He inquired, "Is that a saddle horse?"
The other replied, "No sir. This horse will buck off a saddle. Nothing can stay on his back."
"Is he a driving horse, then?" the man asked.
"No, he was hitched up once and made kindling wood of the vehicle he should have pulled."
"Well, what is he good for? Why is he here?" the man asked.
The answer was, "Style, man, style. Just look at the picture he makes."
Once I was in a church building and saw people clad in fine clothes coming into the morning service. I asked the preacher, "Are those people workers in the church?"
"No," he answered sadly.
"Do they visit the sick and minister to the poor? Do they attend other services of the church?"
"Never," said the preacher.
"There is that horse," I said to myself. "Nothing but style."
Many of us dress up in our Sunday best when we go to church, but our desire is to impress others rather than God, who cares more about what's in your heart than with external appearances. Remember that the next time you go to church.
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