Published September 21, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"The Real Thing"

If you have been a subscriber to our newsletter for some time, you will know that I collect Byers' Choice dolls. Although all the dolls have O-shaped mouths, the best known and most collectible are the Christmas carolers sets.

Last Saturday I was to a church yard sale. When I arrived in the parking lot, I glanced at the tables. I was surprised to see some dolls with the O-shaped mouths. Of course, I headed for that table first.

As soon as I got close enough to see the three dolls, very reasonably priced, I realized these were not Byers' Choice dolls. They were a look-alike brand. The quality wasn't there. The features were less defined. They looked cheap and I knew they were fake without ever even handling the dolls.

If someone simply knows about the Byers' Choice dolls, these might have appeared to be the real thing. But, I have been exposed to enough of the real Byers' Choice dolls. I see them every day in my home. These dolls didn't have a chance of fooling me.

I've read that when people are being trained to spot counterfeit bills, they don't look at the counterfeits. They look at real bills. By learning what the real bill looks like, the counterfeit is easily spotted.

Can we be fooled by things that look Christian from a distance? If we have looked at – really looked at – the real Christ, nothing about the fake will deceive us. It is not the outward appearance but the inward integrity that we see. The real Jesus has the character of God.

When someone else does proclaimed "miracles," they will show up as simple magic tricks. Religion will not be confused with Christianity, if we know Jesus Himself.

Read God's Word daily. Look to the risen, living Jesus. Give attention to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. The best way to spot the fake is to know the Real.

- Shelia

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