Wednesday, October 18, 2006

 

Impression Management

My husband is currently taking a college class in communications. His current group assignment deals with impression management. This is a fancy term for trying to make a good impression by watching what you say, how you dress, your manners, & etc. In general, sucking up in order to get what you want.

That means no butt scratching, nose picking, foul language, speaking out of turn, chewing fingernails, breaking into sudden song or dance, or any other spontaneous, minor, socially unacceptable action. Just you watch it, buddy, or you won't be getting that date, or that job, or that promotion, or that . . . .

Have you ever noticed that you can engage in all of these slobby, spontaneous actions when you're all by yourself? If you believe in God (and I do - just not the Guy in the Sky version), and you believe that God is all-knowing, all-seeing, and good, then you've got to know that you're not really alone when you do these things. And guess what? God's letting you get away with it. No smoting here.

Judgment comes from other PEOPLE. God's cool with you.

You know you've found love when the people you surround yourself with are as cool with your silly behaviors as God is.

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