The Next Top Model

by Sydelle Watts

There is a reality television series that comes on called America’s Next Top Model.  It is an interactive competition in which many girl models compete for the title of "America's Next Top Model" and a chance to begin their career in the modeling industry being featured in a magazine and receiving a contract with a modeling agency.

Sounds great…. But, is it?

These girls go through painstaking transformations to become and look like what the industry deems “top model” status.

They change their hair to various colors and styles from long to short to match what is considered the right look.  They go on crash diets or strenuous workout routines to alter their body.  In addition, they shop and shop for the perfect clothes that depict the style the industry is looking for in that year.  (Well, in all actuality, the shopping for clothes that I do not pay for sounds pretty good.  LOL! But, that is not the point I am trying to make here. Let’s stay focused!)

These girls are taught to walk, talk and look like a “top model”. They began to imitate a person they are trying to so desperately become, but for what? Temporary fame.

Unfortunately, those looks do not last and are short lived.  They are only good for that year and the following year the industry is on to finding the next girl to imitate the nextTop Model” and the competition begins all over again.  

Girls, I have good news!!!  There is a God that loves you so radically that you do not have to change your hair, your body or your clothes and you do not have to compete to imitate Him. The Bible says in Ephesians 5:1 (NKJV) Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.   You remember when you were younger you played Simon says? You imitated whatever Simon told you to do and if you did not hear “Simon says”, you were not supposed to do the command.  It is kind of the same, you listen and hear God’s voice and you imitate the instructions and if it is not God’s voice then you don’t do it.   

Another great thing about God is He accepts you just the way you are and as you learn about His son Jesus Christ you start imitating His love, grace and mercies toward others.  In 3 John 1:11(NASB) it shares, Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God, but the one who does evil has not seen God. When you are imitating good you are imitating God. 

In doing this, you, precious one, become better than any America’s Next Top Model. You become God’s Top Model!

Mike Kocik