Thursday, September 20, 2012

Photo Challenge 5

SPIRITUAL PHOTO CHALLENGE
A Devotional by Debbie DeRienzo
Photo: SPIRITUAL PHOTO CHALLENGE 6 AUGUST 2012 
One of the wonderful things about Hawaii is the variety of fresh fruits available that just grow right here.... pineapple from the ground (no... they don't grow from trees), avacado, guava, mango, bananas etc.  Well, my friend Debra introduced me to lychee...It is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and now cultivated here in Hawaii.  So.. looking at this thing made me think of a buckeye from Ohio (where I am from originally).  I figured this thing would taste terrible.... but trusting my friend, I peeled back the hard outside layer.  I uncovered a white fruit with a pit in the middle... (honestly, it looked just like a cow eyeball).  But.... open mouth and insert lychee.  MMMMM.... AMAZING!!!  It tasted delicious!  Good thing I did not judge on outward apperance... i would have missed out!  You know... God is the same way.  in 1 Samuel  16:7 it says that man looks at the outward apperance but the Lord looks at the heart!  So, it doesn't mater what you wear, how the style of your hair is, what clothers you are sporting.... God is looking at your insides.  You  could have tatoos, piercings, tattered clothes and it matters not one bit to God.  He is looking at what comes out of your heart!  Conversely, I have met some individuals that by worldly standards are gorgeous... perfect complexion, best clothes, great hair, perfect smile... then they open their mouth and you hear something quite contrary.  Negative speech, gossip and slander.... just terrible.  But, the ultimate purpose of the devotional today is to not be concerned by outward apperance but to do some introspect and check you heart.  It is what God is looking at.One of the wonderful things about Hawaii is the variety of fresh fruits available that just grow right here.... pineapple from the ground
(no... they don't grow from trees), avacado, guava, mango, ba...
nanas etc. Well, my friend Debra introduced me to lychee...It is a tropical and subtropical fruit tree native to southern China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia, and now cultivated here in Hawaii. So.. looking at this thing made me think of a buckeye from Ohio (where I am from originally). I figured this thing would taste terrible.... but trusting my friend, I peeled back the hard outside layer. I uncovered a white fruit with a pit in the middle... (honestly, it looked just like a cow eyeball). But.... open mouth and insert lychee. MMMMM.... AMAZING!!! It tasted delicious! Good thing I did not judge on outward apperance... I would have missed out! You know... God is the same way. in 1 Samuel 16:7 it says that man looks at the outward apperance but the Lord looks at the heart! So, it doesn't mater what you wear, how the style of your hair is, what clothers you are sporting.... God is looking at your insides. You could have tatoos, piercings, tattered clothes and it matters not one bit to God. He is looking at what comes out of your heart! Conversely, I have met some individuals that by worldly standards are gorgeous... perfect complexion, best clothes, great hair, perfect smile... then they open their mouth and you hear something quite contrary. Negative speech, gossip and slander.... just terrible. But, the ultimate purpose of the devotional today is to not be concerned by outward apperance but to do some introspect and check you heart. It is what God is looking at.

Prayer:
Thank you Lord for seeing into our hearts. Thank you for knowing us deeply, often understanding us beyond our own understanding. You see the effects of previous generations, you know what makes us tic and what holds us in chains. Help us to see others with your eyes, to look beyond the exterior and into the heart. 



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