"But the LORD said to Samuel: Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, ... . God does not see as a mortal, who sees the appearance. The LORD looks into the heart." - 1 Samuel 16:7
Stereotypes. We all use them. We all have perceptions about how something should be. Like a snowman: it should be fat, not skinny.
How often do you wrongly judge by appearance? Men with scraggly hair, teens blasting loud music, women wearing skirts above the knee; or speak of white men, black women, oriental people. All of these thoughts conjure up images and notions within our minds. But let us not forget that while we look at others in this way, others look at us in this same way.
God tells us not to judge by appearance, but to look into the heart as the Lord looks into our heart.
Almighty God, let me, like You, see beyond a person's appearance and seek instead the love of Jesus in the heart of each person. Amen.
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."