Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sunday reflection...

If you spend much time at all in public places, you will notice all sorts of differences in people.  Differences of race and gender are usually some of the first characteristics we notice.  We notice whether or not people are tall or short, heavy or thin, well-groomed or unkempt.  We notice hair color, eye color, and skin tone.  Although we all have different standards for how we judge attractiveness, we get a feeling, positive or negative, when we look at someone else.  We see all these characteristics on the surface and, in the busyness of life, sometimes the surface is all we see.  Have you ever met someone and didn’t find them particularly appealing on the surface but when you got to know him/her better you found the other person very attractive?  Conversely, have you ever been drawn to someone based on his/her looks or voice only to be turned off when you got to know his/her personality?  Surface appearances are great for short-term attraction, but they don’t have the strength to carry a relationship or friendship.
One of the things I appreciate most about God is that He does not look at our outward appearance.  In God’s eyes, He does not notice if we are handsome or plain…His gaze goes deeper.  God sees us for who we truly are beneath the surface.  You can fool the world by changing your outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.  How does your heart look this morning?  Are you a beautiful creation full of love, peace, and self-control or are you inwardly shallow, petty, and cruel?  God wants to remake us from the inside out.  A true makeover of a person is not changing his/her hair color, muscle definition, or weight: a true makeover is allowing God to give us a new heart.  As we live life from day to day, let’s look at other people more with the eyes of God than with the standards of the world.  When we do that, we find beauty in some of the most unexpected places.

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