But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
I haven’t been taking care of what matters most, lately.
I haven’t been seeing the way the Lord sees things.
I haven’t been making the heart a priority.
It’s time to change.
It’s too easy to focus on outward appearance, isn’t it?
Don’t you see my results?
Don’t you see what I’m doing?
Don’t you see how I’m living?
Don’t you see the product, the family, the job, my life?
The problem ~ People can’t see that I was disintegrating inside. My soul, my heart, the inside of me, was melting and dying, exhausted.
Because I hadn’t been taking care of what matters most.
Because I hadn’t been taking care of my heart and my soul.
But I changed – at least for now.
Instead of thinking first and foremost about the “to-do” list, I’m thinking first about how I can steal away for 30 minutes to spend time praying and reading my bible.
Instead of thinking first and foremost about the product and the outward appearance of my self, I am thinking first about how I can re-shape my heart and soul to become more like Jesus.
It takes discipline.
It takes practice.
It takes habit.
But let me tell you, it’s a game changer. Already, I can feel my soul coming back to life.
In the world’s eyes, it doesn’t make sense. It’s counterintuitive. It’s inverted.
But the Lord looks at the heart.
The more time I spend taking care of what matters most – the inside of who I am – the more I feel at peace and in tune with who God has called me to be.
In order to lead well, in order to produce, in order to become all we’ve been created to be, we must take care of what matters most.