How many times have you described yourself as fat…chubby…pleasantly plump…fluffy? Ladies and gentleman, I’m here to tell you a little secret. Are you ready for this? You are not fat. You have fat. You also have toes. You are not toes. It sounds silly when you describe it that way doesn’t it?
We must stop this constant description of ourselves and others as fat, skinny, thin, heavy-set. Instead, let’s focus on things that are tangible, things that are true and noble. Instead of describing someone by their physical appearance, I am challenging you to describe all their wonderful qualities. While the scale still has a high number on it, I would like someone to describe me as kind or honest or genuine. Wouldn’t you like the same when someone was describing you?
All my life, I prayed for God to send me a Prince Charming. He must be good looking, sweet, gentle, love dogs, love family, love children, be able to sweep me off my feet — you know, basically every prince in any classic children’s story. I had dated people that I thought fit that description only to find out that they were good at playing pretend, much like those cartoon characters on the screen we watched as children. One day, I decided to change my prayer from God send me a husband to God let me see people the way you see them. I promise, the very next week, I met my husband. He is my Prince Charming; he is perfect in every way.
So, for the next month, I am challenging you to look at people from the inside out. Look at their true character, not their physical appearance and see how it changes your life. I think you will find yourself much more aware of how the world should look and will never go back to seeing people only on the surface.
This week’s recipe is a great summer salad. Fresh succulent shrimp and cauliflower in a great dressing. This dish is sure to be a winner with your family.
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.” 1 Samuel 16:7