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Thought For the Week Continued

“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.  For the Lord sees not as the man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

There is a proverb that says, “Life is the most difficult exam.  Many people fail because they try to copy others, not realizing that everyone has a different question paper.” (unknown)  A common condition of the human heart is to want to “keep up with the Joneses”.  Although at first blush this might seem okay, the problem is that the “Joneses”, whoever they are, are trying to keep up with someone else.  Plus we never see the Joneses at their worst.  In the end it is impossible to be someone other than yourself.  The result is worry, stress, financial distress, depression, unhappiness, and lack of joy, Trying to be someone you are not is exhausting.

We were all created by God as individuals with different traits and personalities, strengths and weaknesses.  We were not created to be carbon copies of each other.  However, we were created to reflect God’s image and likeness.  Because God is most concerned about the condition of our heart, to be  genuine in who we are, we must try to copy or to keep up with Jesus. 

So how so we do this?  It starts with taking a hard look at yourself.  Who is the real you?  What facades are you hiding behind? What are the things you really like about yourself?  And what are things you really do not like about yourself.  Then sit down with God and talk to Him about how you see yourself.  Ask Him to reveal to you how He sees you and your heart.  In time, as you embrace His vision of you, you will begin to walk and act in a way that is genuinely you.   At the same time. we must get to know who Jesus is, not by His outward appearance, but by studying His heart.  Then we can truly be a reflection of Him.

Paul said to Timothy, “The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5