But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. 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 16:7 (NIV)
By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.
Have you ever noticed a toddler, when he or she has begun to be potty-trained and when they have had an accident they become extremely withdrawn and evasive?
I do believe that this learned behavior is done so they won’t be “called out” and to have their ‘sweet little innocent’ broken and their unwanted predicament brought out into the open.
Sometimes dirty underwear will keep you honest.
Remember back in the days of junior high school at the onset of puberty, when we had to change and shower after PE (physical education)class? If you had on worn-out or what could be perceived as soiled underwear, you wouldn’t change for gym class that day for fear of the brutally honest assessment from ‘your boys’ of your current disposition to the unflattering position of your personal under garments.
It is most difficult for a sane person to offend another when they know that at the drop of a pair of pants or a dress blown over the head, you could be exposed to an even more disfiguring repercussion to one’s own self-esteem.
Something so simple and personal as a pair of ‘not-so-pleasing’ under apparel could bring order to many chaotic reactional circumstances.
Can you imagine what would have happened when the gentleman from South Carolina, Rep. Joe Wilson stood up and shouted from the floor of the House, “you lie” and at that same exact moment his pants fell to the floor, exposing his recent visits to the porcelain throne that left skid marks, heresy stains or the actual deposits of his last visit?
Dirty little secrets kept in one’s personal briefs can keep you humble and honest.
My grandmother use to always tell us that we should at all times make sure we had on clean underwear, because “you never knew when you may have an accident and have to go to the hospital.”
I have grown to appreciate that this sage old information passed on to us by our grandmother. This treasured jewel, could be applied to a broader application than the mishap of a hospital visit.
I do realize that your inner core, that hidden part of your being that no one sees (like your underwear), has to forever be on display.
By behaving in such a manner you have nothing to hide, no fear of being exposed and no dirt in the garment which is so close to you and helps to protect you.
…”So I went to the Euphrates and dug up the underwear and got it from the place where I had hidden it, but it was ruined-of no use at all.”… This is what the Lord says: Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem. These evil people, who refuse to listen to Me, who follow the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and worship-they will be like this underwear, of no use at all. Just as underwear clings to one’s waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to Me”-this is the Lord’s declaration-”so that they might be My people for My fame, praise, and glory, but they would not obey.
Jeremiah 13:4-11 (HCSB)
WHEN GOD CLOTH US, HE CLOTH US WITH CLEANLINESS INSIDE AND OUT