“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Why My Attitude Changed So Quickly

I had an interesting experience today. I was at the gym working out with my trainer. I looked up, and there was a guy standing by the punching bag. He began to dance, evidently the music was in his head. He had a long flowing robe mixed with a karate outfit and sandals. But there’s more, he had long curly hair, which completely covered him. I couldn’t figure out how he could see with hair completely covering his face.

I’m embarrassed to tell you I wasn’t very happy with the boy. He was getting in the way of my workout, and I didn’t want to be bothered. But then we started to talk. He pulled his hair back and I could see most of his face. I promise you, I’m not making this up. The boy looked just like Fulton. I’d never seen anything quite like it. All of a sudden, I liked the boy a lot. He was homeless but clean, and really a nice boy.

I’ve been asking myself all day, why did my attitude change so quickly? Because he so reminded me of Fulton, and Fulton is my son. He even sounded like him. After working out, my trainer took off to get some money to help him out and we left. It got me thinking, here was this kid, dressed crazy, but I liked him. This got me thinking about the Lord.

I wonder how we look to him. Even if we look very strange, he still loves us! After all, everyone’s somebody’s son or daughter. God doesn’t look down on us because we look strange. He loves us just because. I wish I had taken more time with that boy. He reminded me how special my son is. It was a strange experience I’ll never forget.

“The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

Your Friend,
Dawson

7 thoughts on “Why My Attitude Changed So Quickly

  1. Oh Dawson, been there, done that & not proud of it at all. Thanks for sharing. Continuing to pray for Fulton and y’all. Love to Ruth Hill.
    🤗 , Penny Cosson

  2. Dawson,
    I love your message today and the Bible verse you share to remind us.
    You my friend, “Make my Heart Smile”

    Jake

  3. Dear Dawson,

    “I wonder how we look to him.” I would say – we look like His children! Every one of us! And the Lord gave you a taste of that in a way you could relate to.

    Love and blessings!

  4. Dawson, Maybe you “entertained an angel unaware”. Maybe it’s GOD’s reminder that one day Fulton will dance before our LORD like King David did.

  5. Pretty interesting how we can be or I should say how we let distortion or our walls up because of someones appearance. I have been there myself but I always have made a point to talk to them. It can also work the opposite way; maybe they won’t talk to us or they think we are too good for them by the way we handle ourselves or appear to them.???

    Anyway, I am very glad you took the time you did Dawson to at least speak with him you never know how that made him feel!

    christine

  6. You are so right, Dawson. If only we could see all of mankind through God’s eyes and love them no matter what!
    Thank you for sharing and love and prayers to you and your family.

  7. Hi Dawson,
    I love that quote from Samuel that you shared (1 Samuel 16:7). It is so encouraging to reflect on the fact that the Lord’s Words in the Bible are all we need for spiritual growth and sustenance, as per the passages below from the King James Bible:

    John 15:4
    Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

    John 15:5
    I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

    John 15:6
    If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

    John 15:7
    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

    I also came across an article glorifying God’s Word (the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit):
    https://aeon01.wordpress.com/2020/07/11/walking-with-the-lord-the-five-solas/

    It’s from a blog I’ve been writing, in honour of the Lord and as led by Him, for quite a while now.

    May the Lord Jesus bless you and help you to maximise your faith.

    Love in Christ,
    Naomi

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