How many can remember the slogan for Coca Cola in 1969?
The slogan was, "Its The Real Thing."
This slogan continued on into 1971- "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" (part of the "It's the real thing" campaign.)
Ok, lets get REAL! I am really talking, REAL talk! Ha!
I admit it! I am a follower of that which is REAL!
I love experiencing and having what is REAL. I love "brand transparency!"
I love REAL, GENUINE things. I do not like IMITATIONS.
I am sharing two definitions . REAL and GENUINE.
real, existent being or occuring in fact or actuality; having verified existence, not illusionary.
ex. "Life is real! Life is earnest! " ~ Longfellow
1. Genuine: not fake or counterfeit.
(see also honest, honorable, real, existent, sincere and true)
ex."A genuine Picasso."
2. Genuine: true, unfeigned not pretended; sincerely felt or expressed.
"Her interest in people was unfeigned."
3. Actual, genuine, literal, real being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.
"Her actual motive."
Do you remember this quote? " You get what you pay for."
There are imitations of many things. They resemble the real thing, many are even a perfect look-a-like, almost identical! Sometimes we can barely tell the difference between the two! Right?
Imitations are not genuine, they are counterfeit, a copy with intent to deceive. A fake and a phony, is only a copy of that which is real, representing itself with a misleading appearance. They only "appear" to be real!
These items, do not always sell for a lesser price, however, most of the time, we purchase them, believe we are getting a bargain. an unreal bargain! These items usually sell for a much lower price, because their quality is lower and they do not last as long or perform as well as the original!
Besides, we know, a genuine article or item, will cost us much more in the beginning, because, it is the "real thing". The genuine article, usually lasts longer, much longer. These items become antiques. Very valuable pieces, so valuable in fact, they are worth more, and more as it ages!
Some items are considered heirlooms, for generations, yes, a lifetime. Which is priceless!
Today, I have come to tell you something very important!
YOU matter and YOU are valuable! I encourage YOU today, learn to love YOURSELF and accept YOURSELF for who YOU are! There is only one YOU, and YOU are good at being YOU!
YOU, were fashioned and created uniquely, individually, unequalled, unparalleled by God, to be YOU!
HIS LOVE IS the love, YOU CAN TRUST!
HIS LOVE IS UNPRETENTIOUS!
HIS LOVE IS not based on PERFORMANCES!
HIS LOVE IS the appreciation of who YOU are!
YOU ARE A DIRECT REFLECTION OF HIS LOVE and WHO HE IS!
YOU are not a CHEAP IMITATION!
Get off of that shelf, you are not a copy!
Right NOW, take YOURSELF off that clearance rack, because YOU are the ORIGINAL! YOU are not a discounted item! YOU are PRICELESS!
YOU! YOU are the ONE and ONLY YOU!
YOU are the BEST at being YOU!
YOU are the GENUINE ARTICLE and HE compares YOU to no one else!
HE has not changed HIS mind about YOU!
HE CALLS YOU BEAUTIFUL... BE-YOU-tifully YOU!
"BE YOURSELF, EVERYONE ELSE IS ALREADY TAKEN." ~ Oscar Wilde
Psalm 139:14, 17. NIV
14. I will praise YOU because I am FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY MADE;
YOUR WORKS are WONDERFUL, I KNOW that full well.
17. How PRECIOUS to me are YOUR thoughts, GOD! How vast is the sum of them!
HE LOVES YOU!
So, do I!