Looking Inside Out

How deeply can you see?

How deeply can you see?

When we look in the mirror, we see a reflection of our physical appearance, not what lies deep inside our souls. What if we could turn the inside out, and measure beauty and attractiveness only by goodness and refinement of soul? God measures us this way. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It takes conscious effort to look deep into the soul of another, and not make hasty judgments from external, material, or worldly clues. I need to be genuinely interested in others, Charityto ask questions and listen carefully to unspoken messages as well as those vocalized. I need to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. “Charity is accepting someone’s differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn’t handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is expecting the best of each other” (Marvin J. Ashton). I want to improve my ability to see and value the inner soul of every person.

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