Thursday, July 7, 2011

True Beauty

What is your definition of beauty?
When you think of the word beautiful what automatically jumps to your mind?

Maybe you think of your favorite celebrity, perfect makeup, a good hair day, or if you look good in a swimsuit. Our world's definition of beauty is completely outward focused. We are always being pushed to be more "beautiful" by buying the latest designer clothes, getting our nails done on a regular basis, working out every day, etc. Is this really what the word beauty means? Is it true that you can only be beautiful by wearing the right clothes or having guys check you out? The answer is no. This meaning of beauty is so messed up! The Bible specifically tells us that our beauty should come from the heart.

Beauty is when you treat your family as special. Beauty is when you love the unlovable. Beauty is when you have a humble heart. Beauty is when you walk with grace and confidence in Jesus. Beauty is always having a smile on your face. Beauty is being an example.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

1 Peter 3:3-4
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

When I think of the word beauty I think of my role-models. I think of the women who are completely selfless and give everything for everything they do. These women have the most beautiful hearts I have ever seen and I want to be just like them when I grow up. Maybe in the world's eyes these women aren't "knockouts", but in God's eyes they are so incredibly beautiful and he is so proud to call them his daughters.

So I ask you which would you rather have: an outward beauty that is only admired a short while or an inward beauty that is rewarded for eternity?

Your sister in Christ,

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