We continue to talk about the pressures to be perfect, to look and act our best. Sometimes this takes its toll on us.


We strive to live an unrealistic image and persona, one we think will get us ahead in life, in work, in relationships. There is a cost to us, however. For one, we are not being the authentic person God asks us to be. Genesis reminds us we were all made in the image of God, that beautiful spiritual image that reflects the divine qualities of God that also makes human life work: love, compassion, forgiveness, the capacity to reflect on what God wants.


I think of how Jesus recognized these authentic qualities of human life in the beatitudes when he said: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth… Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.“ These are hardly the qualities that garner recognition in climbing the ladder of success, but they may reflect our authentic selves. We’ll talk Sunday about those moments of realization when we step away from the pressures to be perfect and how we face and love the authentic self God has given us.


Senior Pastor Dave Summers
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
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