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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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February 11, 2014 - Surface Appearances

By Gary Rogers

It was a sunny summer day, and I was cutting through downtown Tulsa, Okla., in my 1968 Camaro Z28 to make the connection from Interstate 44 to Route 51. This was back in 1973. I was 18 years old.

There was no interchange from what is now the Keystone Expressway to the Broken Arrow Expressway. I was traveling down a one-way street and just romped on it. With more than 300 horsepower, that car fishtailed and laid rubber for about half a block. Man it was fun!??My exhilaration came to an abrupt end when I looked in the rearview mirror and saw the flashing lights on top of a police car in hot pursuit. When the middle-aged police officer walked up to my car he said, "You got a good looking Corvette, boy." I didn't feel correcting him would win any points so I just said, "Thank you."

After looking at my license, he made eye contact with me and then a statement that came totally unexpected. "Since you've got short hair, I'm not going to give you a ticket. Slow down and have a good day."

It is amazing to consider the criteria we use to pass rash judgments on people. We look at skin color, clothes, age, physical abilities, good or bad features, stature, and about every other surface trait to determine a person's worth. How foolish this is! I'm thankful that at 18 my short hair got me points … although it shouldn't have.

"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'" (1 Samuel 16:7, NKJV).??God knows us from the inside out. What a blessing to realize we don't have to look like models or body builders to be found acceptable to the Lord.

Following God's example would be good for all of us. We need to stop evaluating people based on outward appearance. We need to get a good understanding of their heart, and from that truth measure the person.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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