Thursday, December 18, 2014

Looks Aren’t Everything - Martin Wiles

“Isn’t there even one woman in our tribe or among all the Israelites you could marry?” they asked. “Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?” Judges 14:3 NLT

His untimely death proved to many that looks aren’t everything. 

*Jimmy was born with a severely disfigured face and a medical condition that resulted in seizures. Doctors prescribed medicines to control the seizures, but there was nothing further they could do to change his appearance. My wife and I happened to be good friends with his mother. She shared his difficult journey and how no one would even employ him because of his appearance. Knowing of an open position in a restaurant owned by another friend of ours, my wife immediately called and secured him the job. Unfortunately, Jimmy died from a seizure a few months after beginning his first situation, but at his funeral his employer testified about what a superior employee he had been. Looks mattered not. 

Samson, one of Israel’s judges, wasn’t satisfied with the women of his own country; he pandered after foreign women God had forbidden his people to marry. He, too, soon discovered that looks aren’t everything. His father and mother objected. 

Looks weren’t everything for me as a young lad. A face covered in freckles, a chest bone that protruded, and a skinny frame were only three of my issues. Good looks probably weren’t young David’s strong point either. He started out as a ruddy shepherd boy tending to stinking sheep. 

Happily, looks don’t count in God’s economy. Samson lacked the one thing that makes a person beautiful: God focus. I’m beautiful because of my Creator, and when I focus my attention on loving and serving him with all my being, I get better looking with spiritual age. Fulfilling his personal plan for me, hungering after the things that please him, and sharing his love with others always improve my looks. And when I look good to God, what others think is immaterial. 

You may not look beautiful to others, but you can to God. 

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for making me beautiful in Your eyes. 

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