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The LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

When have you been overlooked or left out because you just didn’t measure up in some way? Maybe you were passed over for a promotion because your colleague landed a bigger deal than you did. Or maybe you didn’t get to sing that solo because you just couldn’t reach the high notes like the other soprano.

Jessica didn’t measure up. She had limped all her life. Complications at birth had left her abnormally short, her leg twisted. She was always picked last for sports teams in school because the other kids knew she was a slow runner. She had never been invited to a school dance.

Despite her obvious physical limitations, Jessica remained cheerful and optimistic. If she minded being left out of activities, she never showed it. She just concentrated on her studies and on being a good friend. So at the end of her senior year in high school, imagine Jessica’s surprise when she was voted the “Girl With the Biggest Heart.” Although Jessica had often been left out, her classmates recognized her as a valuable member of their class.

It’s great to know that God doesn’t care if we have a physical deformity or can’t sing well. He’s not impressed with our bank account, nice house or important job. Instead, he’s concerned about what’s inside our hearts. That’s what he told Samuel when he was looking for a future king, “People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” The exterior doesn’t matter; it’s what’s inside that counts.

Lord, I’m so glad that you care more about my heart than about how I look …
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