This weekend I laughed with a friend as we kicked back and listened to Jerry Clower, Justin Wilson and Jeff Foxworthy on Pandora. Especially funny to us (because of an inside joke) was Foxworthy’s line about the towels in the bathroom being “just for looks.”
Now I know that my friends and colleagues who are reading this post are at this very moment exchanging some looks. Upon reading the names Clower, Wilson and Foxworthy, some are saying, “Who?” while others are saying, “What?” Still others are rolling their eyes in disbelief that I was listening to these three.
Nevertheless, the towels in my bathrooms are “just for looks.” They are white! Bright white, actually. Not touching them is one of the rules of my roost. Now if a guest came and used one I wouldn’t get bent out of shape (much), but those closest to me and those who frequent my home the most know. They KNOW. The white towels are “just for looks.”
Jeff Foxworthy said this simply did not make sense to him – or any other man (that was the point of the joke – crazy rules women have).
It was a joke – a simple one liner, but it got me thinking. About looks. About the things we do “just for looks.” Because others are watching. Because we worry about what people will say. 1 Samuel 16:7(b) ESV says, “For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.”
Focusing on looks is clearly a “mis-focus.” While there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look nice or wanting to maintain a beautiful home, we must establish priorities and maintain balance. Our priority should be to seek the things of God (Colossians 3:1-2) and maintain balance in life. We maintain balance by making sure Jesus is the center of our lives – much like the hub is the center of a wheel and permits that wheel to roll in balance.
Our lives naturally have a hub. For some it is family. For others it is career. Your hub might be pursuit of education and degrees or it may be the quest for money. It may be appearances or looks.
Make Jesus the center of your life. He will provide the stability, control, power and confidence you need. Isn’t that, after all, what our obsession with “looks” is about? The Scriptures tell us to “Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well (Matthew 6:33 NCV).
Yes, even the ones “just for looks.”