We see all our flaws, and mostly over-look the beautiful and note-worthy things God has given us.
But how does He see us?
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness." (Jeremiah 31:3 NIV)
He LOVES us. So, so much. It doesn't matter what we've done, or what we haven't done. His love doesn't depend on what we look like, what our past is, whether we're accepted or rejected by others, whether we live up to the standards the world has set, what we many have done in the past, what we've failed or succeeded in. He love us--you!--so, so much. And we don't have to live up to His standards. It isn't possible. That is why He sent Jesus Christ to earth to live a perfect life, and die for our sins.
Something that always needs to be worked on, is NOT judging by the outward appearance. We see the world through our eyes. It's a small, extremely incorrect picture of the reality. We may see only a bum on the streets, but God sees a person--a soul. Someone that needs love, and forgiveness, care and restoration just as much as we ever did, although maybe in a different way.
"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7b NIV)
This is my goal for the coming years. To not only look at the outward appearance, but to see the heart. To look at the world--all the lost and hurting-- and even ourselves in our times of weakness, through God's eyes.