Author: Mike Kelley
Title: Mike's Minute
... 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
President Abraham Lincoln had a disarming and engaging willingness to take himself lightly, even laugh at himself, especially when it came to his 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 while riding horseback in the woods. In Lincoln’s words, “She looked at me intently, and said, ‘I do believe you are the ugliest man I ever saw.’ I said, ‘Madam, you are probably right, but I can’t help it.’ ‘No,’ she said, ‘you can’t help it, but you could at least stay home.’”
Although his face is widely recognizable, Lincoln isn’t known primarily for his appearance, but for his courageous leadership during very difficult times in America. He is often held up as an example of remarkable patience, determination, dedication, compassion, thoughtfulness, and selflessness.
These inner qualities are what mark Lincoln as one of America’s greatest presidents.
So much is made in our culture today of outward appearances and material possessions. We all would do well to remember that it is our virtuous inner qualities that create a lasting reputation... and find favor in the eyes of God.
Remember, when God measures a person, He puts the tape around the heart instead of the head.