Do you judge a person by their outward appearance?

It’s important to remember that when God measures a person, he puts the tape around the heart instead of the head.

President Lincoln had the wonderful ability to laugh at himself, especially his own physical appearance.  When Senator Stephen Douglas once called him a “two-faced man,” Lincoln responded, “I leave it to my audience.  If I had another face, do you think I would wear this one?”

Lincoln is not known today primarily for his outward appearance, but for his courageous stance for restoration of the Union and the abolition of slavery.  He is often held up as an example of remarkable patience, determination, dedication, strong will, compassion, thoughtfulness and selflessness.  These inner qualities are what mark Lincoln as one of America’s greatest presidents.

Today, so much emphasis is placed on outward appearance and material possessions.  We do well to remember that it is our inner qualities that create a lasting impression.

1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us:  “The Lord sees not as a man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

What does the Lord see in your heart today?

From:  God’s Little Devotional Book

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