It’s a super relief to know that God doesn’t superficially judge by the outer images of people, but by the content of our hearts. Yes, the heart is the center of our beings and much is weighed from that central location.

We live in a society where, for the most part, outer image is given major importance. The state of that is of deep concern because so much superficiality dominates.

Desperation is the “order of the day” for scores of celebrities who feel pressured to meet beauty “standards.” They nip, tuck, alter, succumb to eating disorders, obtain unnecessary surgical procedures, and other means with aim to satisfy the industry trends for outer beauty. It disturbs me that pressure has so many folks inclined to chase the fads and, often, unrealistic expectations of others. Truly, it can become a vicious cycle of not measuring up according to what’s been instilled in the mindsets of so many celebrities and those who aren’t celebrities, as well. Insecurity levels are huge on a global scale.

I so admire those folks who manage to maintain healthy self-esteem in the midst of so much vanity and focus on outer beauty. Yes, indeed, there are inspiring people who accept themselves, regardless of being physically contrary to the commonly accepted definitions of beauty. Certainly, heart beauty trumps.

I love the story in 1 Samuel 16 when God sent Samuel to anoint David as king. David’s own father, Jesse, didn’t consider him kingly in stature. But God knew that David was the man. The heart of God is immense in awesomeness way beyond anything that we can comprehend. Heart conditions are vital in judging character and no one does it better than God. I’m so grateful for that awareness and the relief it provides.

David was keeping sheep when Samuel arrived. Jesse didn’t bother to call David in the presence of Samuel and Jesse’s other sons. Hallelujah, though, that God knew who David was — where he was — and what he’d be anointed and appointed to do as king. No, David wasn’t without flaws, but God let it be known that he was a man after God’s own heart.

1 Samuel 16:7 – KJV
. . . for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

1 Samuel 16:12, 13 – KJV
. . . And the Lord said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward . . .

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Sandra Hicks

Sandra is a native of Washington D.C. who joyously walks with God, and firmly believes in the steadfast flow of love and truth. She is president of a home-based business that specializes in writing, editing, consulting and retail sales of photo products. Her published pieces include essays, inspirational topics and stories, reflections, commentaries, and poetry. In January 2011, one of her inspirational pieces was selected as a Jewel Chest feature on a Christian website. Sandra enjoys photography and snaps shots often in her hometown of Washington, D.C.

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