I saw a fat girl today.
I’ve never seen her before. And I may never see her again. But my mind automatically began to fill in the sad details of her life, just from the way she looked.
I suspect that the above explains far more about me than it does about her.
I am the kind of person that makes snap judgments about people. Unfortunately, those judgments don’t naturally cast them in the best light. I don’t want to see others this way. I want to see them as Jesus sees them.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
I Samuel 16:7
Jesus sees that girl as a beautiful treasure for whom He is willing to sacrifice his life. That’s how I should see her!
I know enough to know that He treasures me, as well. But when He looks into my heart, it cannot help but grieve Him.
I have a long way to go to stop judging others by their looks. But that is precisely what I am called to do.
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Romans 14:12-13
I pray for:
the eyes to see others as You see them,
the heart to empathize with others as You empathize with them,
and the hands to act lovingly toward others as You are loving to them. Amen.