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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Oct. 21, 2010 - That's Just the Wrapper

By Jim Lindgren

“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV).

“Daddy, why is that lady so fat?”

I heard the question from the cute little girl (with the booming voice) in the grocery line and could feel the collective inner cringe that all those around were experiencing. The question was asked in childlike innocence, but everyone could hear it — the clerk, those in line and also the poor woman who was the subject of the inquiry.

The typical response was given: “Honey, we don’t talk about people like that. It’s not nice.”

Instantly, however, God spoke a different message to my heart — an illustration, one that was both simple and profound. The scene played out in my mind as though the little girl was my own child and I was her father speaking, but speaking the words as God provided them.

The scene played out something like this:

“Daddy, why is that lady so fat?”

“Sweetheart, people come in all shapes and sizes; tall ones, short ones, skinny ones and fat ones. But that’s only the package on the outside. It’s what’s underneath that really counts.”

(Father takes a fancy candy from the register display.)

“Honey, do you see this candy?”

“Yes, Daddy. It looks yummy.”

(Father opens the candy)

“Do you want some of this?”

“Yes, Daddy. Please!”

(Father holds out both the wrapper and the candy.)

“Which one do you want?”

“Silly Daddy, that one!” (She points to the candy.)

“Why not this one?” (He holds the wrapper out.)

“Because that’s just the wrapper.”

“You’re right, sweetie. That’s just the wrapper. Just like some of us are tall or short, fat or skinny, that’s just the wrapper. The real treasure is on the inside.”

“Oh, I get it Daddy! Hey, Daddy?”

“Yes, dear?”

“Can I have the candy now?”

Let us remind ourselves that the true worth and value of any person rests not with the outward appearance — in physical attributes, brand of clothing, what jewelry they wear or what car they drive. True worth and value rests instead in the inner man, where God has imparted and hidden away the greatest of His created treasures — a masterpiece carefully protected in a most unlikely vault, one made out of an earthen vessel.

— Dr. Jim Lindgren is president and founder of Window of Hope and an ordained minister in the Arizona District.



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