Since I was a little shy when I was in high school, I didn’t ask many girls out on dates. So my friend came up to me one day and said, “Hey, I’ve lined you up with a great date for Saturday night. It’s all set.” “Who is it?” I asked. It turned out to be his cousin Sally. I had never met her. In fact, I had never met any girl named Sally. “Oh, no,” I said, “I’m not going on a blind date.”
“Hey, don’t worry about this one,” my friend said. “Sally is a terrific girl. And trust me—she’s a real looker. But if you don’t believe me, I’ll tell you how to get out of the date if you don’t like the way she looks. This is what I do: I go to a girl’s front door to pick her up, and when she opens the door, I check her out. If I like what I see, then great, we’re all set. But if she’s ugly, I fake an asthma attack. I go ‘Aaahhhhgggggg!’ and hold my throat like I’m having trouble breathing. The girl asks, ‘What’s wrong?’ And I say, ‘It’s my asthma.’ And so we have to call off the date. Just like that. No problem.” “Well, I don’t know...but okay, it sounds easy enough. I’ll do it,” I said.
So I went to pick up Sally. I knocked on the door, and she came to the front door. I took a look at her, and to my surprise, my friend was right. She was beautiful! I stood there not knowing exactly what to say. She took one look at me and went, “Aaahhhhgggggg!”
Now, that is an old joke and it didn’t really happen to me. Fortunately, Sally didn’t gag when she first met me, either! The story, however, illustrates how many people are quick to judge others by their outward appearance. Such judgements can have a lasting affect an individual’s confidence and self-esteem. Young people can be especially critical of their peers and cause a lifetime of shame and pain for those on the receiving end. This Thursday at Lifetree Small Group, we will hear from a woman who boldly declares that she’s more than just her appearance. The episode “Hey Good Lookin’” deals with the problems associated with pop culture’s views on body image and beauty, and how we should respond. Join the conversation this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in room 130. This is the third episode of the Lifetree Small Group series “Making Bold Choices.” The event is free, and childcare is available upon request. Enjoy fellowship, refreshments and meaningful conversation. Lifetree Small Group provides a great opportunity to connect with the church.