Day 104: Reflections (1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 14:25-35)

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

Junior high is such a tender age. Bodies and emotions change at a surprising rate and our little hearts have so much trouble keeping up. My hair went from straight and sleek to frizzy and curly overnight and I was at a complete loss with what to do with it. I remember throwing my hairbrush at my mirror and crying in frustration. I did not like how I looked and I had no idea how to fix it.

That is when I came across this verse about how God does not look at the outward appearance, but at the heart. This verse gave me so much comfort and I remember carefully copying it onto a piece of paper to put on my mirror so that each time I looked at my reflection, I would be reminded that God sees my heart first. Do I have kindness and grace for those around me? Am I responding with love instead of anger?

Just like God saw David’s heart above his stature, God is looking at our hearts to see if our inward beauty is just as stunning as our outward beauty. The next time you look at your physical refection, take a moment to reflect on your heart and the God who knows it.

How do you remind yourself to focus on your inward beauty?

What do you do to encourage yourself on days when you don’t feel beautiful? 

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