Hollywood, Nashville, New York, and much of the modern church say you must be beautiful for me to listen to what you say. The importance of your word is directly proportional to the face that speaks.
I would mention names but then that would take away from the honesty, heartfelt worship and real suffering that are a part of some very beautiful people.
My point isn’t to take away from what they say.
I don’t mean to offend, and I’m preaching to myself. But, if you’re “ugly” and you feel unheard, part of the problem is you.
Two things are at work. First, do you really believe in the God who called you? If you do, then preach it, sing it, live it, share it.
Second, who’s your audience? Who do you want for an audience?
Side note: I don’t accept that we have an audience of one. Remember, Jesus said we were to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. AND love our neighbor.
Where was I? Oh yeah…
I want the big audience. I want everyone telling me how great and deep and amazing I am.
I don’t want the audience that can only stand to listen to me for two minutes (unless I’m reading a book to them). Or the one that gets bored with my intellectual dissertation. Or the one that hates my God, my Bible, my faith, but still needs to see me love them.
We ask, “who am I? Why would they listen to me?” And allow ourselves to be quiet. We ask, “who are they that I should invest my time, pour out my heart and soul?”
I think it is time for the ugly to speak up, to let our voice be heard. We have a unique perspective on God’s love, His calling, a relationship with Him that the beautiful, the popular, the successful need to hear.
Most of them only see their ugly.
And as His light and live shine through us. . .
We become beautiful too.