2 Corinthians 4:16-18 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
We brought our dog in for a haircut recently. When we dropped him off, he was a big ball of furry fluff. When we picked him up, he was sleek and smooth. Before, he was just the Hong family dog. Now, he is the head-turning, "Rico Suave" dog.
It's easy to overlook the inner beauty and value of others. We get so caught up in the appearance of our temporary outer "fur." We forget that underneath our temporary coats lies a beautiful child of God.
Our Scriptures remind us that God (who loves us more than we'll ever know) is doing a good work inside of us. Even in the midst of hardships - in the midst of life's troubles - we do not lose heart. We can "fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Friends, remember the good news. You are a beautiful child of God. Likewise, the people you meet this day (regardless of what their outer "coats") are God's beloved children.