Beauty Is an Inside Job
It’s said ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’, but you can waste your life trying to please the wrong beholder.
One Christian writer says: ‘When it comes to beauty, each of us carries baggage from childhood…I’ve fretfully hung clothes of every size in my wardrobe… messed with make-up when I should have slapped on sunscreen and gone outside to play. I’ve eaten close to nothing in an effort to stay small…wasted time worrying I wasn’t pretty enough when I should have been enjoying the things that made me interesting. Throughout history the definition of beauty has shifted to reflect society.
Sometimes we should be curvy, other times thin as a lath; sometimes tanned, sometimes pale; sometimes with long hair, sometimes with short…We devote our energies to meeting the latest standards and…guess what? There’s always another mandate…it’s an empty and relentless pursuit. We must seriously consider whose heart we’re trying to capture…God’s is the only one worth pursuing.’
Paul says, ‘…Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking…’ (Romans 12:1-2 TM); ‘If anyone belongs to Christ…The old things have gone; everything is made new!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NCV).
You won’t find the secret to inner beauty and peace by comparing yourself with the airbrushed models on magazine covers. That kind of image is unsustainable. You’ll find peace by asking God to remove the scales from your eyes and show you what you look like in His eyes. ‘Those who look to Him are radiant.’ The only healthy and lasting definition of beauty comes from God because He ‘…looks into the heart’ (1 Samuel 16:7 TM).
‘Those who look to Him are radiant…’ Psalms 34:5 NIV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Psalm 27:4, 7-9, 11, 13-14; Micah. 7:7; Lamentations 3:25
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord & to inquire in his temple. Hear, o Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me & answer me! You have said, “Seek my Face!” my heart says to you, “your face, Lord, do I seek!” hide not your face from me! Teach me your way, o Lord, & lead me on a level path! I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, & let your heart take courage as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation! The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.