Trying to be Picture Perfect

“For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

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I’m not a morning person. I never have been. The earliest I ever used to wake up consistently was in high school... because I had to straighten my hair. And I mean straighten my hair. It was the early 2000’s. Not a hair could be out of place—no kinks, no bumps, no waves. I owned at least 4 straighteners and carried one in my purse. Anyway, it wasn’t just my hair I was overly concerned about. It was also my skin, my body, my bra size, my clothes. 

For so long, I bought into all the lies that this world tells us on a daily basis—that our self-worth is based on what we look like and how we appear to others—how pretty we are, how skinny we are, what kind of clothes we wear, etc. We are bombarded on a daily basis with the lies of this world screaming at us. 

The truth of God is silenced in the background of our minds—the truth that we are beautiful, priceless, cherished, made perfectly in his image, and most importantly, that He has a plan for our lives, one that involves our hearts and not our outward appearance. 

The more time I spend with God, the more I find my self-worth in Him, and the more I've realized that my heart is what I need to spend time working on. 

How much time does it take you to get ready in the morning? How much time do you spend with God in the morning—or at any time during the day, really? How would your morning routine look if you spent less time worrying about your appearance and more time worrying about your heart? 

Lord, this world is full of lies telling me that I have to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way.  The world judges my worth based on it’s own standards, ones that will own me if I let them.  Protect me from these lies, God.  Remind me that you care infinitely more about the condition of my heart than the condition of my outward appearance. Today, let me spend more time pleasing you with my heart than pleasing others with the way I look, dress, and act.

WRITTEN BY DEENA DELIN

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