You Are Beautiful to God!
It’s funny, one has straight hair but wants curly hair, another wants curly because they have straight hair. If you have blonde hair you want brown. If you have green eyes you want blue or brown.
I was talking to a friend the other day and she had said to me “that she was glad she was not blessed with beauty” and yet I think she is beautiful. Then I mentioned that when I was younger I wanted to have brown hair instead of blonde and she was shocked. She would have been really shocked to find out how many other things I did not like about myself back then. I had a friend in school at that time that all the boys liked and I wished I could look a little more like her.
So why is it that we are unsatisfied with ourselves?
To understand the answer to this we need to look at the world’s idea of beauty and God’s idea of beauty. So let’s do that.
Dove(R) unveils a groundbreaking new study today that discusses the implications of a global society that narrowly defines beauty by the images seen in entertainment, advertising and fashion runways and the startling impact this has on women. The result: only two percent of thousands of women from 10 countries around the world consider themselves beautiful.♥♥
So the world views beauty as outward appearance. The media deceives us with images that have been Photoshoped, airbrushed and made to look perfect. Not even the model looks that good in real life!
Is outward beauty everything? I say NO!
I know a lot of beautiful women who are miserable and most of those women you see on the TV, magazines, etc, are miserable about how they look or about something in their lives.
The Word of God says that inner beauty is far more valuable to God than outward beauty.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful” (1 Peter 3:3–5).
Let’s look up gentle.
Googles defines Gentle as: a). mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender, b). noble or having the qualities attributed to noble birth; courteous; chivalrous, c). moderate in action, effect, or degree; not harsh or severe.
I love the second definition because I was reminded that as Christians we are children of God and therefore of noble birth.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Beauty is the tranquillity that rests inside of you ~ Olabisi Vanessa
I believe contentment or peace in your life is beauty. Also, how you react to your circumstances also reveals inner beauty, for example (paraphrased from what I read somewhere) praising God in the Good times AND the Bad times and trusting He will perfect that which concerns you (referring to Psalms 138:8). You do not have to look after the circumstance because He will look after you.
The way to inner beauty is in the renewing of our minds through the Word of God daily. It is building a relationship with your Lord and Savior.
Please watch and enjoy this 4 minute with Oprah and Rick Warren.♥♥Only Two Percent of Women Describe Themselves as Beautiful, New Global Study Uncovers Desire for Broader Definition of Beauty ~ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/only-two-percent-of-women-describe-themselves-as-beautiful-73980552.html ~ PR Newswire Association LLC
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