"Not as man sees does God see, because he sees the appearance but the Lord looks into the heart." Samuel 16
The New Year turns many of us into organizational wild people. All we can think about is what we can do to clean up and clean out and start anew. At the bookstore, we have been cleaning and moving things around and making the store better so our customers can get a fresh look at new, exciting product. But, this morning's reading reminds me that what the Lord really cares about is the heart of the store. We can work to make the store more organized and beautiful but what are we doing for those who walk through those doors? Where is the heart? Are we truly loving our customers and do they know we care? Do we take time to listen?
I think God speaks to everyone today whether as we work inside or outside the home. The organization of our homes and our businesses may make us feel good about the way things look but what makes God feel good about us is what's in our hearts. So relax. Focus on the love. Even the smallest of businesses and the poorest of families and the weakest of all can please the Lord everyday.
What about you? Are you on to the heart of the matter for the New Year?