Do You Appear Well on the Outside?

appear-wellAre you being honest with others about the physical pain, but not the emotional pain? Karlton shares.

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'” (1 Samuel 16:7).

I am having to part ways with my pickup truck. On the outside it is a beautiful red truck. It is an older model but it looks very nice. Yet beneath the truck, once it is up on a lift, the brake lines and other areas are badly corroded and all need replacing. It appears to be in great shape on the outside, but is actually in terrible shape.

Many of us are like my truck. We can put on a nice suit of clothes, get a new hair cut, look reasonably healthy and in good shape from our appearance, yet beneath the facade, we too are worn out, diseased, aging, and generally in bad shape.

Like a vehicle in constant need of repairs and expensive to keep on the road, we face constant challenges just to maintain a functioning body, and sometimes we limp along with a body that simply is not in good running condition despite our best efforts.

I hate to let go of my truck. It served me well for five years. Yet common sense compels me to accept the fact that it is too worn out for me to keep repairing it.

We are worth far more than a favorite vehicle, God treasures us much more than material items. We are made in the image of our Creator. Nevertheless, I think sometimes we must admit and adjust to the reality that we are wearing out, our health is much worse than it seems with our nice clothes and outward appearance. The “paint” cannot hide the fact that we have very real illnesses that must be dealt with and faced every day.

Be honest with others about your condition, your health situation. We can only fool people so long by the way things appear on the outside.

Prayer: Dear Lord, accepting the reality of our health condition is difficult. We can often appear well on the outside. But help us always to be honest with ourselves and others regarding our true condition. Amen.

About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He wishes things would not grow old and wear out, but that is the way of life.

Can you make others believe you are well by your appearance? Have tried being honest with others about your true state of health?

If you have ever felt like the world doesn’t know who you really are or what you really feel, you will relate to these lyrics of “No One Else Knows” with Building 429. In it, the lyrics share how we don’t even need confirmation of why we are on this particular path we are on–but rather, we just need to know that God understands the emptiness we are feeling. Listen, be blessed. -Lisa

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