Nightlight About Parents

A Christlike Heart

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. 1 Samuel 16:7

Lori Salierno, in her book Designed for Excellence, relates that she developed a terrible case of acne when she was in high school. Everything she tried failed. She even heard girls at school whispering about her face. One night her will to cope copped out. Sobbing, she threw herself on her bed. Eventually her father came in to comfort her. “Lori,” he said, “I’m sorry. I know it’s tough, but you can overcome this. You need to forget about your face and start to work on your inner qualities.”

Lori wasn’t too sure her father knew what he was talking about, but she thought it was worth a try. She decided to focus on the Lord’s command to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). She began visiting a nearby nursing home, telling residents about herself and listening to their stories. The more Lori learned about the hearts and concerns of these senior citizens, the more her own pain seemed to diminish. One day, when a resident told Lori that she was “beautiful,” Lori realized that she truly felt beautiful. Her trips to the nursing home boosted her self-image and made it easier for her to face her schoolmates.

Scripture says that “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). When we teach our children to know and follow the Word of the Lord, they will move ever closer to the heart of Jesus—and develop a healthy self-concept in the process.

Before you say good night…

Are your kids most concerned about their outer or inner qualities?

Have you ever talked about 1 Samuel 16:7 with your kids, explaining what God values most in His children?

Dear God, we find it so easy to place great significance on matters that mean little in Your eyes. Thank You for clear instruction on what has lasting value and what will bring us closer to Your heart and will for our family. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Parents, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Illustration adapted from Designed for Excellence by Lori Salierno with Esther Bailey (Anderson, Ind.: Warner Press, 1995).

Nightlight For Couple

Tummy Ticklers

“The cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15

For those dismal days when you’re in desperate need of a laugh, you might start a humor file filled with surefire tummy ticklers. Here are a few to get you started, all reported to be genuine entries from church bulletins:

—Ushers will eat latecomers.

—The third verse of “Blessed Assurance” will be sung without musical accomplishment.

—Tonight’s sermon: “What Is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.

—Barbara remains in the hospital. She is having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s sermons.

—The choir will meet at the Larsen house for fun and sinning.

—The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”

—Next Thursday will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

—The cost for attending the Fasting Prayer conference includes meals.

—Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It is a good chance to get rid of things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands!

Just between us…

  • What is your favorite joke or funny family story?
  • Would those with whom we share Jesus Christ describe us as good‐humored or somber?
  • How would our children describe us?
  • Is there a lot of laughter in our home?

Heavenly Father, we know that a cheerful heart is a blessing to ourselves and others and a response of genuine trust in You. We ask that Your joy bubble up in our daily lives. Amen.

  • From Night Light For Couples, by Dr. James & Shirley Dobson
    Copyright © 2000 by James Dobson, Inc. All rights reserved.

Bible Gateway

David: Leadership – Day 8

Read 1 Samuel 17

The way of David is leadership. David types, with their formidable sense of destiny and intense passion, are able to inspire others to action, instilling them with confidence like David instilled in others upon defeating Goliath. David types are leaders at whatever they do, ranging from professional to more personal engagements, from the boardroom to the schoolyard to the athletic field. Any type can lead when it comes to money, but David types have a distinct ability to see the big picture. They possess a clear sense of why something is worth pursuing, and they align resources toward action.

In leadership roles, David types elicit followers because their goals are inspirational and inclusive; they cast a clear vision and welcome others to pursue it with them. Their financial visions and goals inspire followership and financial engagement because they appeal to a shared interest, not simply to a vision or goal that improves the leader’s life alone. David types help others see why financial contribution toward a goal is worth investing their personal resources.

David types are inclined toward the future, toward what is possible. Like David, whose life reveals that he possessed a strong sense of destiny, David types resist satisfaction with situations as they are, figuring out how to make incremental tweaks. Rather, David types explore and invent brand-new futures. They’re blue-sky, big-time visionaries who spend far more time imagining what’s next than focusing on what’s happening right now. They set ambitious goals for their future, and they’re rarely satisfied with life as it is. David types break new ground on a regular basis—they’re always leaning toward the future, toward new possibilities. They tend to be singularly focused and highly driven.

Tomorrow, you’ll learn about the way to financial well-being.


To learn more about David types, including their negative or “shadow side,” order your copy of The Seven Money Types.

Discover your dominant biblical money type by taking a brief assessment at my website (the full assessment is found in my book The Seven Money Types).

Watch the full book trailer to get more information and hear testimonies from those who have discovered and embraced their money type.

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