But over the years I have learned that true beauty is much deeper than what someone sees with their eyes.
It’s not about what you look like on the outside, but the person that you are inside.
It’s not the person you are in public, but the person you are in private.
For the longest time my standard for beauty were the pictures of girls that I saw on magazine covers but in reality, it should have always been Christ.
Recently we had a women’s conference at our church and my senior pastor’s wife shared a thought about Mary, Jesus’s mother, that really made me think twice about where real beauty comes from.
She said that not once does the Bible talk about Mary’s outward appearance.
Not once does it mention how her face looked, what kind of clothes she wore, or how beautiful she was.
Yet when you and I read her story in God’s Word don’t we always imagine her to be a young, beautiful girl?
Because her beauty had nothing to do with what is visible with the eye.
It had everything to do with who she was on the inside.
It wasn’t her body, her jewelry, or her hair that made her beautiful: it was her character.
It is the fact that she was obedient to God’s call on her life even when it most likely frightened her.
It was because she found favor in His sight.
It was because of the humble, caring, and loving woman that she was.
“How many people would you impress if the whole world was blind?”
I’ve read this quote many times but today I want to look at it from another perspective:
“How many people would think you were beautiful if the whole world were blind?”
If no one could see your face, your body, your hair, and your clothes, how beautiful would you be to them then?
Would they think you are beautiful because you use your mouth to speak kindness and encouragement into people’s lives?
Would they think you are beautiful because you use your hands and feet to help those who are in need?
Would they think you are beautiful because your heart is selfless and dedicated to serving Christ?
Or would they think there is nothing beautiful in you to see unless they open their eyes?
I don’t know about you… but I want to be beautiful, not just on the outside, but even more so on the inside.
I want my character and my life to make me beautiful – not just my ability to put on make-up and pick out a cute outfit to wear for the day.
I want God to say “That’s my girl over there – she’s a reflection of everything that I am”.
I don’t want to be like the Pharisees that look flawless on the outside but are ugly within.
Today… remember that to be beautiful doesn’t require flashy clothes, sparkling jewelry, or pounds of make-up on your face.
It requires a heart that is chasing after God.
It requires someone who spends more time in His Word than in front of the mirror.
It requires someone who lives selflessly instead of selfishly.
I’m not worried about whether I will ever look like the girl on the magazine cover.
I know I never will.
All I want to look like is God’s daughter whose beauty always shines from within.
I may never learn how to style my hair just right or wear my make-up perfect.
I may never be able to afford fancy shoes and the right pair of jeans.
But I know that as long as I desire God above all else and dedicate my life to serving I will always be beautiful, to everyone around me, and to Him.
Be blessed and stay beautiful in Christ!- Anna…♥
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4