Beauty is pain. No. Beauty is growth. I believe that true beauty radiates from within and spreads throughout. A fire is sparked by one tiny flame that engulfs everything it can lay it’s hands on. I believe what our Mom’s told us when they said that beauty is about the “inner you.” Beauty isn’t all in what you see.
I have heard it said that “beauty is happiness,” but I don’t totally agree with that statement. I watch the “pretty” girls at school and they honestly don’t seem all that happy. They strive so much for perfection in their appearance that they are missing out on some great opportunities. I don’t think it is wrong to want to be beautiful. I enjoy looking my best too! But, I have learned that beauty alone cannot be my sole focus. I think that you do need to focus on how you are following Jesus and pointing others to Him. Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord shall be praised.” You see, human beauty doesn’t last for forever. It fades away. Character lasts a lifetime and is remembered. Now, do I ever have days when I feel inferior? Absolutely! I am living in the same world that you are in. I see the cover of magazines and wonder what kind of response I would get if I spent more time doing my make-up and had the right hair style. But then, in those moments when I wonder about how people would respond to me if I changed how I looked, I also take the time to ask if they really would care about me. Would I be popular simply because of how I looked? Probably. I like my personality. I love who I am in Christ. I don’t want that to change. I have really prayed about this whole thing and I only have one solution–God-confidence. I must get my confidence from Christ alone. It doesn’t matter how I look, who I hang out with, or what my GPA is. The only thing that matters is my relationship with the God of the universe. The God who created the sand on the seashore created me and says that I am beautiful.
In this two-part series, we have looked at two very different approaches to this thing we call beautiful. In part one, beauty was defined as one’s outward appearance. Part two, however, took a very different approach. Which girl sounds familiar to you? Do you seem more like the girl in the first segment or the second? Please hear my heart, beauty begins within you. The most beautiful girl in the entire world could be drop-dead gorgeous, but if she has a rotten character, her beauty isn’t too gorgeous anymore. Ask yourself a couple questions:
- Do you have a relationship with God? The only way that you can ever be satisfied along this journey is if you find your confidence in Christ alone. Proverbs 31:30 is so true. All you have to do is ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour. I would love to talk with you. Send me an email at [email protected].
- Which girl are you? Why?
- Is there anything you need to change? How will you do it?
I am right there with you. I am on this exact same journey. If you have questions or want to talk further on this issue please email me at [email protected].