Thursday, November 5, 2015

True beauty

"Am I beautiful?" The six year old girl asks her mom as she twirls like a ballerina, her fluffy pink tutu filling the air with glitter.

"You are so beautiful, just like a princess", her mom says lifting her up into her arms and spinning her round and round. "You are beautiful, never forget it ok?"

Yet despite the promises we make to our moms to never forget who we are. In spite of the people who have cherished us for our life, love, and beauty and taught us to be brave... we often find ourselves laying in the middle of a mud pile on the side road picking ourselves up and questioning God and the world and occasionally the poor random stranger who walks by..

Could I really be something of beauty? Am I really something worthwhile?

You see society does nothing to teach our daughters, ladies, mothers, and woman alike that their worth is not based on outward appearances. Nor is it calculated by the tricks they may perform or the talents they may be able to accumulate. It is not set by a banker, an investor, or a fashion show director or game show host who chooses who is worth investing in or who is the most beautiful or who can sing the greatest and pop out the cutest babies.

Although the world screams to women to cover up their hearts, layer upon foundation on their skin, to blot their tears dry and apply eye cream to hide their tired eyes, to run further and further away, to lift more weights, and eat more salad.. God calls for woman who are ready to sanctify themselves in His name both inward and outward and pursue the beauty of a heart transfer with God not man.

Sometimes Christian women say God doesn't care if you are beautiful. He does not look at outer appearances like man does. But God does care about our beauty, because He cares about us and because He is our Creator.

Our Master potter and painter created us each different and smiled at us when He formed our most inward beings and called us good. Although sin quickly filled the picture with insecurities, acne, fat, self-conceit, and greed. God calls us out of the shadows and asks us to trust Him with our naked selves, our most inward, vulnerable parts of being. When we surrender those to Christ, He writes His name on every part of our body and our lives so that we will be distinguishable from the rest of the world and uniquely identified as a daughter of the King.

Some ways we receive true beauty by the King:

God restores our heart of stone and gives us a loving and soft heart of flesh. (Ez 36.26)

He takes our mind, that listens to confusing voices of this world and people who we wish to impress, and exchanges it for true wisdom found in the mind of Christ. (1 Cor 2:16)

Christ takes away our "junk food" and asks us to be content with His feedings of daily bread and solid food instead of only spiritual milk. (1 Corinthians 3, Matthew 6:11)

And Christ teaches us how to healthfully take care of our body as a Father would teach His daughter to learn to treasure herself- teaching that God is Lord of our bodies including our stomachs and that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit whom we must honor. (1 Corinthians 12,13,19)

So daughter may you stop asking the random stranger if you are beautiful and may you start praying that the God who created you would restore your beauty through His love. May God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you. May He be faithful to you and may He give you peace.

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