Image is not everything but it sure helps to send a positive message to people. Tom was a man in our church. He was from the old school & believed that he needed to live his everyday life dressed in a suit & tie. Naturally he would come to church in his suit & tie. A suit that looked as though he had just changed the oil of the car in, dirty, creased & soiled with all kinds of stuff! His ties always had stains of various kinds of food that had been spilled on them & the image thing didn't end there! His teeth were permanently covered in grime, his breathe stunk & for that matter so did the rest of him.
Just as I am & waiting not ...... exactly!!! But you would imagine that after a period of time he would no longer be just as he was - if you know what I mean.
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