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Today’s Reading:  I Samuel 16:1-13 (CEB)

“You can’t judge a book by its cover…”  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…”  “Beauty is only skin deep”…Common phrases in our culture – where many judgments are made simply on the way someone looks or dresses.  Usually, these judgments come from a dominating paradigm of an individual, group, business or even generation.  For example, if you didn’t have bell-bottom jeans and earth shoes in the 70’s, you weren’t cool.  There is such a tremendous emphasis in our country on appearance that it affects almost everybody. TV alone, drives us in this direction with ads for the latest miracle diets – take a pill and lose weight – no work needed, exercise and fitness programs abound – even I could have ripped abs like those on the TV!!

“Have no regard for his appearance or stature, because I haven’t selected him. God doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the LORD sees into the heart.”  I wonder how many of us have ever stood before a mirror & wished that we had a different face or a different body or simply looked different….better in the eyes of the culture around us…

Jesus showed us that he looks beyond whether you are too tall or too short or too heavy or too thin rich or poor.  He looks inside the heart & He sees what is there – remember the Pharisees and Sadduces…Zaccheus?…the woman at the well?  God looks into our hearts and what  He is looking for is a heart that will accept His love. It doesn’t make any difference what we look like. He wants a heart ready to receive His love and to reflect His love to others.  And so, God chose David.  Despite all of the problems we know with David, I still think we see David’s heart, what God saw…just look to the Psalms.  

God looks right into the heart.  Maybe later today…stand in front of that mirror again and try to understand what God sees in you…His love is so great that He doesn’t see the imperfections that we see. We are beautiful in God’s sight. He has made us beautiful. Now look again…and ask how God has chosen you to move in others…