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Dressed to Impress

The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.  1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

Photo courtesy of pixabay.I was dressed to impress.

At nineteen, I had been taught that first impressions were important, so I carefully prepared for my first real job interview. Walking into the personnel waiting area in a large department store, I was shocked to see so many applicants.

Already nervous, my hopes for this job went down a few notches. The time ticked by slowly as each candidate was ushered into the Human Resource Director’s office. Each time the door opened, the director shot a quick but curious glance at me. My nerves tightened. It seemed this would be an all-day process. I settled in, glad to have a book and a granola bar in my purse.

After an hour, the director stepped out of her office and motioned for me. Me? I looked to either side. She couldn’t possibly mean me. But she did. She was so impressed with how I presented myself, she gave me the job immediately and dismissed the other candidates.

But I wasn’t ready. Or qualified.

The director gave me the job based on appearance, but my skills and experience—not to mention my work ethic—were sorely lacking. To this day, I think about all the other people in that room who were probably more qualified. I also wonder how they felt when the director chose me over them, without even giving them a chance.

We all know looks can deceive. The adage of not judging a book by its cover is smart advice. Most of the time, we’re wrong. That’s why the Bible tells us not to judge. It also tells us God looks on the heart.

One of my uncles, who passed away many years ago, wore baggy overalls splattered with paint. He had no social skills and looked like a poor dirt farmer. But the man turned out to be extremely wealthy. No one knew—not even his family—until he was gone.

At my young age, I cared far too much what people thought about me. My uncle didn’t care at all.

In reality, God’s opinion is the only one that counts.

God knows you even better than you know yourself and loves you unconditionally. In His eyes, it’s your heart that matters. And for Him, you never have to dress to impress.

(Photo courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and Stuart Miles.)

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Andrea Merrell

Andrea Merrell is an award-winning author and professional freelance editor. She is an associate editor with Christian Devotions Ministries and LPC Books and was a finalist for the 2016 Editor of the Year Award at BRMCWC and the 2018 Excellence in Editing award by the Christian Editors Network. Andrea is a graduate of Christian Communicators and was a finalist in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and the 2018 Selah Awards, as well as a semi-finalist in the 2018 ACFW Genesis contest. She has been published in numerous anthologies and online venues, teaches workshops on writing and editing, and is the co-founder and regular contributor to www.TheWriteEditing.com, a blog designed specifically for writers. Andrea is the author of Murder of a Manuscript, Praying for the Prodigal, and Marriage: Make It or Break It. Contact her at www.AndreaMerrell.com.