Looks Aren’t Everything
Contributed by a regular writer Marion
But the Lord said unto Samuel, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought, I look awesome today — only to walk through the stores while shopping, and have people look at you funny. You get home and realize that your son’s superman undies have been stuck to your back all day??? The next few weeks are then spent looking at each piece of clothing critically before you put it on. You twist and turn a zillion ways in the mirror before leaving the house, just to be sure it never happens again.
Or you look in one mirror and think, wow I look skinny today, only to catch your image in another and think, yeah not any skinnier but maybe I need to get back on my diet. This happens to me almost daily….lol! After a trip to the eye doctor, I realized those skinny/fat mirrors only appear that way because of my astigmatism. 😉 I sometimes see things differently because my retina is shaped more oval than round. It’s one of many imperfections I have…..but I’m okay with it.
When Jesus looks at us, He doesn’t see the things we see. He doesn’t care if our hair is perfect, or if we are having a bad hair day. He doesn’t giggle when we walk around with superman undies stuck to our backs. He doesn’t look at our appearance and say….yeah, that Marion sure looks skinny/fat today. He looks at the inner desires of our heart.
His biggest concern is whether our heart is full of love or hate. Is it kind or mean? Does our heart put others first, or is it only considering our own selfish needs? Do we love Jesus above all else, willing to put heavenly matters before the cares of this world?!?! Society, doesn’t care about the inside. In fact, if given an opportunity, it’ll rip you apart. Look at ‘Barbie’ considered the perfect specimen (yes, I know it’s a toy;)) but her flaws are discussed daily. Maybe she should be fatter, shorter, darker skinned, she is too white, her eyes to perfect….blah, blah, blah. Moreover, society ripped apart Winnie the Pooh and Sesame Stree. as well They criticized every single character. They analyzed each of their flaws…..the exact things that made us fall in love with those characters, are the things society ripped apart.
My advice — don’t let the world we live in rip YOU apart!!!!!! God created us in His image. He gave each and every single one of us our own special traits. Maybe it’s our skin colour, our eye shape or body type — we would all be pretty un-special if each of us looked the same. Our insides though, He made those identical. He made us with love. He knitted our DNA to be specific to exactly who we are. No one else has your fingerprints, or your exact genetic makeup? No one else is YOU. So why let anyone else determine who YOU should be?!?!?
Because, in the eyes of Jesus, you are beautiful. He loves you (even when you walk around with underwear on you ;)). He wants to show the world your heart, because it reflects His love. His mercy. His grace. But most of all, it shows His unique handprint on you that He formed even when you were still in your mother’s womb. He loves us, just the way He created us. So the next time you find something wrong with your appearance, go with it, and let God’s love shine through. In the end, you will find, just like me, that nothing else will matter. 😉