Polyester Perfect

02/24/2016

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Those of us who lived through the 70’s well remember the scourge of polyester clothing. This non-breathing, non-existing-in-nature “fabric” somehow became standard issue for those who wanted to look “now,” “hip” and/or “groovy.” In defense of this ill-conceived fashion trend, it was easy to clean and didn’t wrinkle very easily, but gad was it awful. Imagine working behind the grill at McDonald’s in a 100% polyester suit as I did—you would start sweating even before the buzzers told you it was time to flip the first burger (does this hamburger taste salty to you?)

No one wore as much collective polyester as the Brady Bunch, whose show was primetime viewing. By all accounts, life on the set of the show was tumultuous at best but when the cameras were rolling, everyone smiled. They somehow made this hodgepodge family work, knee-deep in shag carpets played by actors who barely—if at all—resembled their television personas.

They were “polyester perfect.”

I found out later in life just how much I had been lied to: By my history books; by celebrities I admired who beat their wives or molested children off-camera; and by some Christians who told me how important faith was but whose lives showed nothing of the Christ they claimed to know.

God is not interested in fake smiles and appearances! Jesus referred to the Pharisees as “whitewashed tombs,” meaning they were proper on the outside but their hearts were dead. God wants to deal with your reality, not your fantasy. Peter Scazzero writes, “There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality” (Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, p. 135).  It’s not always an easy thing to be vulnerable or to recognize your situation for what it is, but the good thing is that desperate times call for desperate measures—no one reaches out his hand if he doesn’t think he’s drowning. Facing a harsh reality is so much better than being polyester perfect. At least it’s real. The God who lovingly crafted you can see your heart through even the thickest leisure suit! Cry out to Him—he’s dying to help. In fact, He already did.

 

 

“There is no greater disaster in the spiritual life than to be immersed in unreality”

- Peter Scazzero

 

 

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