How Not to Hate Yourself

1 SAMUEL 16:6–8-- So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD’s anointed is before Him!” But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “Neither has the LORD chosen this one.”

In 1997, England’s glamorous Princess Diana died in a Paris car crash. On the day of her funeral, Mother Teresa died in Calcutta.

Which of these two women was more elegant in appearance? Diana, no doubt. Tall, stately, immaculate, she was a visual splendor. Mother Teresa was short, bent, and wrinkled. But that didn’t stop her from being one of history’s most beautiful women spiritually.

Keep God’s purpose at the center of your heart, and your preoccupation with your physical appearance will fade from view.


Spiritual Heart Focus

Thank God for your body and appearance, recognizing it was He who designed you!

Physical Heart Focus

Consistent exercise helps you think more clearly.