Does Your Appearance Matter?
In my opinion your appearance speaks volumes about you. Before people get to know who you are as a person, the one thing they have to remember you by is your appearance.
Let me share this story with you.
A story about Billy Graham
Billy Graham is in his 90s and has Parkinson's Disease.
In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte, NC, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham to a luncheon in his honor.
Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he struggles with Parkinson's Disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, "We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you." So he agreed.
After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said, "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.
Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he can to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn't find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn't there.
He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.
The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.'
Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets.
As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.
The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know you you are; no problem. You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one.'
Einstein looked at him and said, 'Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don't know is where I'm going."
Having said that, Billy Graham continued.
"See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. My children, and my grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new suit for this luncheon and one more occasion.
You know what that occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm wearing.
I want you to remember this: I not only know who I am. I also know where I'm going.
May your troubles be less, your blessings more, and may nothing but happiness come through your door. "Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil - it has no point."
What does this have to do with appearance?
What we do is more important than how we look. But we are also remembered for how we look - our appearance.
Our appearance should say we know who we are and where we're going.
Whether you are remembered for your hair like Donald Trump and Albert Einstein, for a black T shirt like Simon Cowell or a white suit like Mark Twain or Colonel Sanders, you will be remembered for your appearance.
What is it about your appearance that you'll be remembered for?
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