And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. — 2 Corinthians 3:18a.
One of the requirements of authors these days is to participate in social media. Facebook, Twitter, and a Webpage are the minimum. For my book covers I have to write a “short bio.” The press release for each book requires a biography. If I speak everyone wants a resume’ and an “elevator speech’ about what my talk will be about. I wonder what my publisher might think if I simply wrote, “I am being transformed into the image of God?”
All of us are called to place labels on ourselves — our race, our sex, our gender, our religion, the list goes on and on and with each label comes a stereotype and certain expectancies. Each item in our resume’ limits people’s viewpoint about who we are and what we are capable of doing. This is true although history’s greatest characters transformed themselves beyond their limitations — Moses stuttered, Mary was an unwed mother, Jesus was a young girl, Gandhi was a lawyer, and Joan of Arc was a young girl.
We should resist the urge to label and to be labeled. Many people consider a convicted person as one who is broken and disgraced, I prefer to think he or she is moving toward the possibility of wholeness and grace.
Maybe, just maybe, when asked who am I, a perfect answer is, “I’m being transformed into the person God created in his own image.” That’s a description I’d like to carry.
Editors Note: Followers of the Pew know one of my favorite scenes in the Bible is in the Garden of Eden where God calls out to Adam to join him for walk during “the evening breeze.” I hope you feel “The Hubbell Pew” offers a walk in the evening breeze. Sometime next week we will post the 2000th meditation at thehubbellpew.com. I hope a few of you will write in about your favorite meditation or series such as the “Letters To Tom” to commemorate this anniversary.
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