“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
Have you ever played the “white elephant” game at Christmas? That’s the one where you draw a number, and then when it is your turn you have the option to pick a gift out of the pile, or to steal someone else’s. When you are looking at the gifts in the pile, it is so easy to want to pick the one that is wrapped the nicest. But, as you probably have found out, that doesn’t mean the gift is the nicest. Invariably someone will have put a gag gift somewhere in there. And a poor wrapping job can actually hide a really good gift. That is sort of what outer beauty can be like.
Everywhere we turn we have the pressure to be more beautiful: shinier hair, better makeup, thinner waistlines, brand name clothes, the right shaped nose- you name it and somebody is suggesting you need it. What they seem to be telling us is that beauty=worth. But that is a big, fat lie.
How you look has nothing to do with how you act, what your heart is like, or what your mind is like. Beauty does not equal worth, and beauty does not equal happiness. Each and every one of us was made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:27). We are special. And when you are a child of God, he loves you. He also cares so much more about the inside- your heart and mind.
He didn’t say that the greatest command is to love the Lord your God with your pretty face and legs; he said to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. (Matthew 22:37). That is your INNER beauty.
Have you ever met someone who might not be so much to look at, but the more you get to know them, the more beautiful they become because of their personality and spirit? That is far more important. Sure, we are supposed to take care of our health and be good stewards of what God has given us, but obtaining the world’s definition of beauty is not our goal.
Following the Lord is; in fact, it is to be praised. So next time you are a little discouraged with how you look- remember two things: 1. God made you who you are, and loves you very much 2. He wants you to cultivate your INNER beauty. Is your inner spirit becoming more beautiful each day?
Who do you know that has the most beautiful personality?