As water reflects a face,
so a man's heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19
A couple of weeks ago my family had pictures made for the first time in many years. Sure, we'd had some taken of the kids right after my two year old was born, but there were none that included Tommy and me since right after my second child was born eight years ago.
I spent so much time and energy getting ready for those pictures. After all.. everything had to be perfect. These pictures will be around after we are gone. They will be just one way in which we are remembered.
As I have thought about the preparation I put into our appearance for this particular photograph, I wondered to myself what kind of preparations would be made were one to take a picture of my heart. No, I'm not talking about an echo-cardiogram, but rather my thoughts, my actions, and my attitudes. Would the person they see on the inside be the person they thought they knew from the outside?
My grandmother always told me "pretty is as pretty does". I have tried to live by this thought and have passed it on to my children as well. The way we looked won't count for much once we are gone, but people will remember us for the way they felt in our presence. Were they uncomfortable? Did they have to walk on egg shells? Or were they able to let their hair down and be themselves? Did they walk away feeling loved and accepted? Or did they leave feeling confused and burdened?
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
God, help me live my life from the inside out. May who I am in you shine through in every action, attitude, and thought I have. Help me to remember that it's what's on the inside that counts as I encounter people through my day. Help me to not judge based on appearance, but to be more like you and look upon a person's heart instead. In Jesus name, amen.