«But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. people judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
“Which secretary did you talk to?»
«The one wearing glasses,» he replied. I heard the dialogue in the street. I live in a country where it’s very common for people to use physical features to describe others.
Not that there’s anything wrong with describing people that way. Sometimes it’s easier, more practical, and faster for us to do it. And there’s nothing wrong with caring about our appearance. It’s part of who we are and it’s important to consider it.
But what would happen if we lived in a world without pictures or in a world in which the task of describing people was done by the blind? What would others know about us? What would we really try to highlight?
What features do people around you have? I’m not referring to genetic features, but to features that are consciously cultivated.
Maybe some things would change, in us and others, if next time someone replied, «The friendly one, «the helpful one,» «the one who gives big hugs.»
When touching other people’s lives, it doesn’t matter whether we use glasses or the latest trends in clothing; whether our parents are short or very tall. The color of your skin, eyes, or pants doesn’t matter.
The last thing the person with the most visionary, refined, creative and selective style looked at was your exterior. And He didn’t look at your résumé, wallet or family genealogy either. He looked at your heart. And He didn’t give you a like. He didn’t click on a virtual heart and move on to the next picture. He stopped, stopped the universe and gave His life for you. He said, «I love you! To death and for all eternity! » and He meant it. He also left an imprint of love in our hearts so that we can receive it and pass it on to others today, so we can learn to see through His eyes and perceive our value.
«The wisdom and excellence revealed in the character and deportment, express the true beauty of the man; and it is the inner worth, the excellency of the heart, that determines our acceptance with the Lord of hosts. How deeply should we feel this truth in the judgment of ourselves and others” (Patriarchs and Prophets, ch. 62, p. 638).