We live in a world that applauds those in the spotlight. And the world’s spotlight shines brightest on “successful” people. Success is usually measured by:
*. Appearance (how they look)
*. Abilities (what they can do)
*. Accomplishments (what they have done)
*. Affluence or acquisitions (what they have)
*. Associations (who they know).
Just have a look at the TV guide, check out the programs that are on during “prime time” viewing, and you will see it’s true.
It’s pretty easy to get sucked in to thinking that the externals (what everyone else can see) are more important than the internals (what’sgoing on inside, in your heart and soul).
You can tell you have been sucked into this thinking when you spend more time and effort on the “externals”, than on the “internals”. And you can tell you have been sucked into this thinking when you value competency and accomplishments more than character and authenticity.
Check out the list below, and see which column you value the most, the external or internal.
Focuses on what others can see
Values performance results
Doing good with the aim of lookinggood
Display: outward show
Esteems status and stature
Competitive and boastful
Insecure without limelight
Stressed and flustered
Reacts to criticism
Cannot let go of control
Restless in spirit
Default way of the world
Focuses on the inner-life
Values growth and learning
Doing good flows out of being good
Depth: inward security
Genuinely celebrates others
Secure and self-effacing
Steady and calm
Responds to criticism
Restedness of spirit
Discipleship way of God
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but theLord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b
inner or outer appearance which have you been looking lately?