“Although you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, inside you are filled with plunder and evil.” (Luke 11:39)
â€œLike so many things, it is not what is outside but what is inside that counts.â€ This quote begins a great movie, Disneyâ€™s â€œAladdin.â€ For those not familiar with the movie, the quote refers to a normal looking oil lamp, which is really a genieâ€™s lamp. It sets the theme for the entire movie. Almost every character is judged by their outer appearance. Once who it is they are on the inside is discovered, they become a hero, heroine or wise leader. So often we worry about how we appear on the outside when it is who we are on the inside that matters.
We can be clean, polished, fashionable and formidable on the outside or we can be messy, unkempt, frumpy and mousy. But does that mean we are different or the same inside? In our society, we are more often than not judged based on outer appearances and actions. Think about your drive home from work. When stuck behind an old car that is blowing smoke and fumes, you can easily think you are behind people who donâ€™t care a thing for themselves or their car and are too lazy to fix it. But, is that true? Maybe they are young parents, working two jobs, unable to afford a nice vehicle and making do with what they have. You never know who is really inside.
So should we worry about the outside? Focus only on the inside? I think a good goal is to have your outside match your inside. If you strive to project certain things about yourself externally, first develop those things internally. If you at your core are a kind, sweet, generous and loving person, it will show on the outside. Be true to yourself, and strive to be your best person. The light will shine from within, just like a magic lamp.