He had a son named Saul, an impressive young man without equal. . . .a head taller than any of the others. (1 Sam. 9:2)

Is your father a warrior? Saul’s was. Samuel the prophet called him “a mighty man of power.” He was no doubt respected among his friends and feared by his enemies. Everyone knew he could hold his own and get the job done.

Not only was his daddy a he-man, but Saul had a combination of DNA that set him up well for life. He was the best-looking man in Israel, and the tallest of them as well. Now, when Saul was at his prime, around 1052 bc the average height was much less than it is today. In fact, the average man of that period was about five and a half feet tall. But, still, he held the prize; he was the all-star of that culture.

Perhaps you are the shortest in your family or your genetic material wasn’t as kind to you as you’d wish. Few of us can claim the physical specs of Saul. But what our grandmothers used to say is true. “Beauty is only skin deep.” And you can’t do much about the basic structure. But the shape of one’s character is, in the end, molded not by our heritage or environment, but by our personal choices. Noble character is the beauty anyone can choose.

Choose today, by God’s grace, to have beautiful character.

Valorie Quesenberry is a pastor’s wife, mother, author, speaker and editor of a publication for Christian women. She has a passion to communicate biblical truth for today’s issues.

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