Beneath the Surface

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What do you see when you look at this picture? A pile of books on a filing cabinet? An old lamp? A really old looking night stand? Let me tell you what I see.

I see an adventure. That filing cabinet turned nightstand was found on a networking venture with a coworker. We went to a Christian bookstore to tell them about our agency and found a thrift store connected to it. While explaining our services we saw an old filing cabinet for an incredibly cheap price that we both wanted. My coworker ended up letting me get it. Let me tell you what else I see.

I see family and friends.  Did you see the picture frame on the cabinet? While I was in Kentucky the guidance counselor I interned under taught me how to take a picture frame and turn it into a dry erase memo board. The scrapbook paper inside of it was given to me from the residential home I worked in. The Scripture on it is the one I wake up to every morning as I get started on my day.

Did you see the antique lamp on the filing cabinet? That lamp belonged to my grandmother and she gave it to me because she thought it would complete my apartment. She was right.

That pile of random books? Those books represent a number of emotions for me. That Tim Tebow book on top is not even released yet. I received an email asking if I would review the book from his publishing company. Imagine my excitement at thatJ (BTW it comes out October 25). The Melissa Jagears’ book on the nightstand represents the honor that Bethany House Publishers gives me of reviewing some of my favorite author’s books. Do you see the thin book in the middle? That is the book I can grab in the middle of the night when I think of a random prayer, person, or writing idea that hits me.

What is the point of me explaining all of this to you? It is a reminder. 1 Samuel 16:17 says, “The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. How often do you look at someone and automatically form your judgement of that picture? Just like the picture above do you form a snap judgment on exactly who that person is?

God does not do that. He looks deeper. He listens. He learns that person’s heart. God does not give up on a person based on the appearance of their life at that moment. God keeps digging until He has reached that person and the depths of who they were created to be.

How often do you change friends? How often do you move on from someone you see at church or in the community because of their looks? In social worker I have instantly learned that it is better to dig deeper and discover who someone really is. It can be hard to stick with someone based on even their outward actions. When you dig deeper you find someone with so much potential and so much value. You find a new best friend when you reach out to that person you don’t know or that seems strange in the community or church. You find someone who could be a president, pastor, lawyer, banker, nurse, or teacher. You find potential. What would happen if you reached beyond the first appearance?

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