I spent three days in Naples, FL this week. My conference was set near the beach, and it was a struggle to sit in the sessions while looking out at the gulf, the sunshine and the palm trees.
The reality, however, was that it was still January in South Florida. The temperature was unseasonably cold. There was a 35 mph wind gusting off the gulf. It was miserable. Appearances can be deceiving.
There are times in my life when I’ve felt the same way. This usually happens when I feel insignificant, tired and defeated. Times when I wonder why I’ve been so blessed with family and friends. Times that I feel like I’m barely holding it together. When I’ve felt like this, it’s typically because I’ve been comparing myself to others.
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
Isn’t that what we do? We compare our insides to what we see on the outside of others. This will always lead us to unhappiness.
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 man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
We need to focus on our heart health.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5
God cares about the condition of our hearts- not outer appearances.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10
Pray for me to be diligent in a continual search for a pure, clean heart. And let me know if I can pray for you.