Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Cleaner with Good Intentions

Baby Will has a new obsession--he likes to vaccum. Kind of. Gracie has a miniature Hoover vacuum that makes noise but has zero suction to it. It looks just like a real vaccum cleaner, only much lighter and it isn't worth anything when it comes to cleaning. Lately when I pull out my Oreck, Will goes and fetches Gracie's Hoover, turns it on and follows me throughout the house. It is the cutest thing to watch. He works his little heart out at vaccuming and helping in his own way. I know he has good intentions but he really isn't doing any work.

In I Samuel 16, God is telling Samuel to find a new king and annoint him to replace King Saul. Samuel has Jesse parade his sons in front of Samuel (the first beauty pageant maybe?). Samuel is looking for a strapping, handsome young man but God tells him in verse 7, "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart."

In the same way, God looks at our heart and our intentions in following Him. What does He see when he looks at you? A well-intentioned appliance or one that truly works for Him and does the job?

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