Thursday, December 14, 2017

New Starts From Old Scars

Hair loss has side-effects: reduced insulation and no last-instant warnings of unseen hard objects approaching bare scalps; but going bald has been a load off my mind.

Accused of being vain, a friend of mine with hair transplants countered: “Do you have false teeth?” His accuser was still nodding, but completely disarmed to hear: “Aren’t you as vain if you wear them when you’re not eating?”

We actually use our teeth more for framing our words than for eating, as I’ve found since breaking a tooth and wearing a single-denture plate – even if it makes me look “tooth-in!”

Improving our appearance is now a multibillion-dollar, multi-national industry; from toothpaste, shavers and perfumes to cosmetic surgery.

Back in 1960, cosmetic-surgeon Maxwell Maltz became a self-help pioneer with his term Psycho-Cybernetics, claiming that clearer goals and greater success come from an improved self-image. People rushed to him, eager to fix their shortcomings

We may question some patients’ motives or how permanent the results were. However we can only applaud Professor David David, who founded the Cranio-Maxillo Facial Foundation in Adelaide, South Australia.

Serving across Australia and South-East Asia, this Foundation treats accident victims and children born with serious facial dysfunction; enabling them to re-enter a world from which they have been shut away.

Centuries ago, Jesus’ respect for lepers and other outcasts re-opened life-doors for them. Still today, he invites us to trust him, so we may also spread this respect for anyone around us, whether their disfigurements are obvious or internal.

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you,

Inviting you to explore God’s love.

 

Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996.

Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs.

He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren.

His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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