Saturday, September 6, 2008


The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them.
People judge by outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

During the opening ceremonies of the Olympics in Beijing, a 9-year-old girl named Lin Miaoke sang a ballad to a packed stadium and a billion television viewers. But the voice coming out of our TV sets wasn’t hers. It belonged to a 7-year-old girl named Yang Peiyi. “The reason was for the national interest,” said Chen Qigang, general music designer of the opening ceremonies. “The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression.” The girl with the lovely voice had crooked teeth and a plain face - that barred her from performing before the cameras.

There is something within us that is repulsed by that. Yet, how many of us judge our outward appearance as being inferior in one way or another – we are too tall or too short - some part of our body is either too big or too small – something is not the right shape or is unattractive compared to other people. Some of those features come from our genes, and it’s just who we are. Taking care of ourselves and looking our best pleases God, but He is more concerned how we look on the inside. People have a tendency to judge others by outward appearance, and that can be very deceptive. But God’s focus is on our heart, which reveals our character.

Let’s Pray –
Father, forgive us when we fall for the temptation of thinking that you short changed us when you passed out good looks. Thank you for making us beautiful on the inside through Jesus, in whose name we pray.

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