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By Pastor Stacy Williams
posted April 8, 2009
RELIGION – Have you ever seen someone who
you thought was going to be a crabby person, but they turned out to be
nice? What made you judge them to be a grump? Perhaps it was the way
they stood, or the way they looked at you. Maybe it was a down-turned
mouth or furrowed brow that made you think badly of them.
We tend to judge people by their expressions and presence, before we
actually get to know them. Sometimes those assumptions are correct,
sometimes they are very wrong.
In a recent study, a group of 70 people who do not own dogs were asked
to match 41 dog owners to the breed of dog they owned. They were shown
pictures of the owners and then given a choice of Labrador, poodle or
Staffordshire bull terrier to match with the owner. The panel was
correct over half of the time. Statistically, with just a random guess,
they should have been correct only a third of the time.
One of the psychologists was quoted as saying, "This suggests that
certain breeds of dogs are associated with particular kinds of people.
Those who don't own dogs used stereotypes to match the dogs to their
owners. These stereotypes persisted into judgments of the dog owners'
personalities: non-dog owners considered the owners of each breed to
share certain personality traits, such as level of conscientiousness
and emotional stability."
So I guess it turns out you may actually look like or act like your
dog! For me, that would mean I am big, furry, and very goofy. (No
comments please!) What does that say about your personality?
This is not only true of pets. It seems there is also some scientific
validity to the idea that as couples age together, they begin to
resemble one another. In a 2006 study, test participants rated men and
women, who were actual couples, as looking alike and having similar
personalities. The longer the couples had been together, the greater
the perceived similarities. The researchers speculate that the sharing
of experiences might affect how couples look.
Basically, I gather from this research that we are influenced both
emotionally and physically by those with whom we come into contact.
Also, the more we are around them, the more we become like them. Just
as these studies suggest, it does not matter whether those things are
animals or humans. We become like them, and they become like us.
So, of course, the big question is what do you look like? How do people
perceive you? For the Christian, our goal should be to be as much like
Jesus as possible. The Apostle Paul, wrote in Galatians 6, "I bear in my body the
marks of the Lord Jesus". We as Christians should strive to bear
the marks of Christ in our own lives.
However, most of us do a pretty terrible job of this. We wind up being
imitators of Jesus. Paul also wrote, "Imitate me, just as I also
imitate Christ." Imitating Christ’s behavior is a great start, but in
order to fulfill what God intends for us, we must become so much like
Jesus, that people see more of Him in us than they do of us. This is
what 1 Corinthians 4:11 means: that we who live are
always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also
may be manifested in our mortal flesh. We have to actually give
up so much of ourselves that we are unrecognizable. We are, in a sense,
"dead". When we give our old selves up and let Christ come into our
lives, He is the one who others recognize, not us.
How do we do this? Just as people don’t automatically look like their
dogs or spouses over time, we cannot just be associated with Christ
without a relationship. We must spend time with Him, learn about Him,
allow Him to shape us and teach us before we will become like Him.
Reading and studying God’s Word, talking with Him on a regular basis
and listening and watching for His guidance in our lives, is how we
accomplish the goal of allowing Christ to live through us.
Let Jesus Christ shine – be the one others see when they encounter you.
Give Him your all!
been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ
lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians
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