Focusing on Appearances? 

God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the Lord looks at the heart. 
1 Samuel 16:7 NCV 

It’s downright stressful to “keep up appearances.” And besides, it’s fruitless. After all, the world sees you as you appear to be, but God sees you as you really are—He sees your heart, and He understands your intentions. The opinions of others should be relatively unimportant to you; however, God’s view of you—His understanding of your actions, your thoughts, and your motivations—should be vitally important.

Few things in life are more futile than keeping up appearances for the sake of neighbors. What is important, of course, is pleasing your Father in heaven while you provide support and encouragement to your family members and your closest friends.

Today, do yourself a favor: worry less about physical appearances and more about spiritual realities. It’s the wise way—and the peaceful way—to live.

God doesn’t use us based on what we look like. He uses us based on the condition of our souls.
Judith Couchman

If the narrative of the Scriptures teaches us anything, from the serpent in the Garden to the carpenter in Nazareth, it teaches us that things are rarely what they seem, that we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances.
John Eldredge

The life of a good religious person ought to abound in every virtue so that he is, on the interior, what to others he appears to be. 
Thomas à Kempis

Outside appearances, things like the clothes you wear or the car you drive, are important to other people but totally unimportant to God. Trust God. 
Marie T. Freeman

Today’s Prayer

Dear Lord, the world focuses on my outward appearance, but You see my heart. Today, Father, I will guard my heart as I focus, not upon outward appearances, but upon the real person I am today, and the person I can become tomorrow. Amen