One thing I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. (Psalms 27:4 NRSV)
Consider this data from an ongoing study of eighty-one valedictorians and salutatorians from the 1981 (This was the year I graduated from high school!) class in Illinois high schools. All, of course, had the highest grade-point averages in their schools. But while they continued to achieve well in college, getting excellent grades, by their late twenties they had climbed to only average levels of success. Ten years after graduating from high school, only one in four were at the highest level of young people of comparable age in their chosen profession, and many were doing much less well.
Is it really more advantageous to be attractive than it is to be homely? Is it really better to be smart than average. There are many things more important than either of these. And there is one thing that is far more important than all the others.
Here's the one thing that really matters: what's in our hearts.
Dear God, I may be beautiful. I may be ugly. I may be smart. I may be stupid, but it is probably not in the places in my life I would name. However, I my heart I know you are there. Amen.
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