“For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). I once knew a pastor who used this verse as a reason that those on the stage must wear appropriate clothing. That’s because man looks at the outward appearance. Only God can see the heart. Man makes decisions by what he sees. When a person walks into a business for an interview, the first thing the prospective employer notes is the appearance. The overweight person is immediately at a disadvantage. In an article by Psychology Today this judging is serious today. “The lack of empathy and compassion for those dealing with a weight problem has become frightening. Yes, it is frightening that people feel it is fine to harass, insult, and bully an overweight person. This is the type of behavior you would expect from bratty out of control children.” Most people will try to snuff out your light so theirs will shine brighter. It just doesn’t work that way. A fat person with a sweet spirit is better than a thin person with an ugly spirit. But appearances do count. That’s why we diet. No matter how good a person, when we look fat, it undermines the good.
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