When God Measures A Man, He Puts The Tape Around The Heart Instead Of The Head
1st Samuel 16:7
“the Lord seeth not as a man seeth;for man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart”
1st Samuel 16:7 ”the Lord seeth not as a man seeth;for man looketh on the outward appearance but the Lord looketh on the heart”
President Lincoln had a disarming and engaging ability to laugh at himself,especially his own physical appearance. When Senator Stephen A. Douglas once called him a ‘two-faced man’ Lincoln responded,”I leave it to my audience.If I had another face,do you think I would wear this one?”
Another time he told a group of editors about meeting a woman riding on horse back in the woods.She “looked at me intently and said,”I do believe you are the ugliest man I ever saw’ Said I,”Madam,you are probably right,but I can’t help it”.”No”,Said she,”you can’t help it,but you might stay at home.”
Although his likeness is widely recognized,Lincoln is not known primarily for his appearance,but for his courageous stance for restoration of the union and the abolition of slavery.He is often held up as an example of remarkable patience,determination,dedication,strong will,compassion,thoughtfulness and selflessness.These inner qualities are what mark Lincoln as one of America;s greatest president.
So much is made in our culture today of outward appearance and material possessions.We do well to remember that it is our virtuous inner qualities that create a lasting reputation.