Unseen Things

I think lately the Lord has been trying to show me how I'm way too concerned with what others think of me. I spend a lot of time fixing my makeup, wrestling with my unruly hair, exercising, and generally trying to make sure I look good. There are countless times when I lose sleep worrying about something I said or didn't say, and hoping it came across right. It's a little too important to me what others think of me. I'm assuming I'm not the only one who does this.

I don't think there's anything wrong with trying to make sure we give a good impression, or taking care of our physical appearance - I think it's a good thing, actually. But the past month or so the Lord has been impressing it upon my heart how I'm just getting too concerned about those things, maybe putting more effort on my outward beauty than my inward beauty. Outward beauty doesn't last, but inward beauty will matter for eternity. Life will move on, and everyone except those who are closest to me will eventually leave my life, but Jesus will always be my Lord; He will be for eternity. I think I should be worrying a little more about what He thinks of me, and a little less what those around me think. I want to make my Saviour proud.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, but for my point today especially verse 18:
". . .While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18).
The Lord has been telling me lately that I need to focus a little more on unseen things, that I need to invest a little more in eternity. And with His help, that's what I'm going to try to do.
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katie said...

Great post!

I struggle with the outward appearance too, and not just physical...but with how things I say come across or how other might perceive me.

The Lord is good and steadfast and continually working in us! We must praise him for that!

Katie Spinks said...

great post I definitely needed to hear that - I struggle alot with how I look and am so guilty of spending too much time obsessing over it... so thanks for the reminder!!

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