You've probably seen the video of Susan Boyle when she totally shocked the judges of the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" last week. The YouTube video was so popular that they disabled it. I was able to embed this shorter version.
What does this say about the world in which we live?
People are quick to judge by outward appearance.
In our society, it seems that youth and beauty are more highly valued.
But just because a person is attractive and friendly doesn't mean ...they are competent and capable.
Or if a person is overweight that ...they are lazy?
I was so glad that Susan Boyle shocked the panel of judges that included Simon Cowell from American Idol. You could see the smirks and hear the sarcasm in his voice when he first questioned the contestant.
And then ...Susan sang her heart out!
Did you see the change on the judges and audiences' faces?
The Bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7
"...The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
I wonder how often we've missed out on a talent like Susan's simply because of appearance.
I have to say that I've seen people judge by appearance. There are times when I've run to the grocery store with no makeup, my hair pulled back, wearing sunglasses and sweats. And other times, when I wear makeup and fix my hair.
People tend to treat you differently when you look your best. It's just a fact. We may not like it but ...that is the world in which we now live.
But Susan Boyle has certainly got people talking. And maybe that's good because as a Christian, I don't want to be that way. I hope I would want to get to know a person ...regardless of outward appearances.
What about you? Do you treat people differently based on appearance? How about the little child that is adorable? Are they treated differently by people?
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Let's learn from the Susan Boyle experience.
And ...I really hope she wins the competition!
So, let's hear your comments.