Beauty in the Details

When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, "Surely this is the man the Lord has chosen!"

But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by a man's face or height, for this is not the one. I don't make decisions the way you do! Men judge by the outward appearance, but I look at a man's thoughts and intentions." 1 Samuel 16: 6-7 (TLB)

Steven Paul Simmons is from Texas. Since he has been in prison, his daughter has sent him several drawings. One of his favorites is a self- portrait she drew when she was four years old. To anyone else it probably looks like a bunch of shapes: circles, triangles, ovals, and squares that she assembled to form a human body. But Steven notice more detail - pupils and irises in the eyes, eyelashes, tennis shoes, a pretty red triangle dress, and the black rectangle tights. To his eyes, it is better than the Mona Lisa, and he treasures her drawing.

Likewise, we have a heavenly Father who looks at our small, daily actions and is pleased when we reflect him there. After all, it's the small details that can make a huge difference in someone's day - shaking someone's hand, speaking an encouraging word, saying hello to someone. Each of these can brighten another person's life in ways we may never know.

We can all take the time today to show kindness to someone in small ways. by doing so, we bring glory to God, who notices and cares about the details in our lives.

Prayer: Dear God, help us show kindness to everyone we meet today, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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