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Image Isn't Everything 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Image Isn't Everything

What matters to God is not the image we create, but the image God created in us.

At a Glance

If you take pride in your public persona and would like to ramp it up a bit, you can rent a Louis Vuitton handbag, snap on a rented diamond necklace, step into a rented Bentley and hire a crew of paparazzi. In today's OT text, Samuel gets a lesson about image.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Parable Power," June 15, 1997, at

Back in 1990, tennis star Andre Agassi, with his trademark flowing dirty-blond, lion-mane mullet, cut a commercial for the Canon EOS Rebel camera with the iconic tagline, "Image is everything." The spot featured Andre riding in a Jeep, smoothing back his hair and generally looking like the essence of California cool.

Problem was that Agassi's trademark hair was actually, well, largely not his. In his 2009 autobiography, Open, Agassi admits that he started losing his hair when he was 17, and was actually wearing a wig during the commercial and on the court -- and it cost him the 1990 French Open. Seems ...

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