Saturday, January 11, 2014

What Lizzie Velasques can teach us...

For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart      1 Sam 16:7

This morning, I came across this story of this woman, Lizzie Velasquez, whom someone once posted a YouTube video of, as the ugliest person in the world.  How sad and disgusting for someone to do that to another human being.

But she did not let that define her.  She turned the bad things in her life around to positive things.

It reminds me of the story about a farmer’s one and only mule.  This mule worked hard on the farm and the farmer treasured the mule, but one day it fell into a deep well.  The farmer did not have the means to get the mule out, so he figured the best thing he could do was to bury it in the well. 
As he began to shovel dirt into the well, the mule began to shake the dirt off, and as the dirt began to pile around him, he began to step onto the dirt.  He did not let the dirt bury him, but continued to step on it. As it piled up, he began to climb.  What was meant to bury him, he used to climb up and out of the well.

Please watch this brief video of Lizzie Velasquez in front of Tedx in Austin, Texas

Let this be a reminder that no matter what we go through in life, we cannot let it define us.

Each Wednesday and Friday morning, I get together with a couple of friends for coffee, and to talk about the Lord, to pray, and to hear what the Lord is speaking to each other. 

One of the things that we talked about this week was that people may try to put us in a box so they can define us. But God’s view of us is different. 

In fact, no matter how people try to box you in or define you, always remember that God’s opinion of you makes their opinion irrelevant.  God always looks at the heart.


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