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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Sept. 22, 2010 - Being a Poser

By Geff Mastro

A few years ago I found out what a “poser” is. This is someone who poses as another person. A “wannabe” who pretends to be something he is not (or is not yet). Kind of like some of the guys we see at the gym who buy the right shorts, the right muscle T-shirts, have the right authentic lifting gloves and matching water bottles, but never break a sweat. They lovingly pat their bellies and comment about what a wonder it is that they come to the gym every day but just can’t seem to lose the weight they need to in order to get fit.

Lest this sound too harsh, I’m not sure being a poser is all that bad. Think about it. You are imitating someone or something you want to be like. Don’t we all do that to some extent? We don’t wait until we get our Ph.D. to start speaking intellectually. We speak intellectually now. We don’t wait until we look like Adonis to flex our gym muscles for our wives. We flex them as soon as we come back ... and hopefully get the response we’re looking for.

Kids also do this. They dress up like adults, pretending to be doctors, teachers, construction workers and the like. Posing is actually important in their development and the discovery of who they are. They experiment with different things and pose because they’re not able to really do or be what they would truly like to be ... yet.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV).

As I watch our four daughters and listen to the words they speak and the ways in which they interact, I am soberly reminded of the impact of my model and example in setting the standard that they will want to emulate as they grow older. I want them to follow me ... to the same extent that I follow Christ.

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.



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