True Beauty


  Now I know you fellows out there are going to see the verse and might immediately dismiss this post as one for just the ladies, but don’t because it isn’t and you’ll see why shortly.

       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.
                                                                                                1 Peter 3:3-4

     Since fashion, at least for girls, changes so often, there is bound to be a style that you don’t like for yourself.  However, even if the style is perfect for you and you have all the great clothes and you’re hair is always perfect, it’s not going to matter unless who you are as a person has the beauty to match.  Some of the most beautiful or handsome people in the world are not beautiful or handsome once you get to know them, because their negative qualities overwhelm from what on the surface was a nice face to look at.  Vice versa: some people who on the surface look ugly are the most beautiful people in the world because what comes from their heart transforms what you see.

There’s a cool story that I believe that I read in Victory Over the Darkness (this book is amazing) about a love story that unfolded on a college campus.  There was a guy who went to the college who was the ultimate catch.  He was down-right good-looking, smart, and all the girls there fell for him.  Then there was a girl who went to the college as well and she was fat and dumpy, had stringy hair, and just wasn’t the definition of a beauty, but the afore-mentioned fellow actually ended up marrying her because she had such a radiant love for God and it carried into her life so much that it transformed what society calls ugly into a treasure.

    The verses I wrote at the beginning are often taken at face-value as well and can cause confusion if you’re reading them for this century.  They are for this century, but some of the culture in the time it was written perhaps thought that braided hair, gold jewelry, and fancy clothes were not to be used in an attempt to look beautiful such as when girls wear mini skirts, a mask of makeup, or low-cut shirts nowadays.  For guys, this might be building up excessive muscles or doing a sport you don’t like just to look cool when all the while it’s who you are and what you’re character is that will determine whether others see you as handsome.  

     God has been reminding me of these truths so often lately.  Sometimes I can be self-conscious and it ruins conversations because I can’t think of anything to say, because I’m thinking about myself.  Then I look at myself in the mirror and say, “It’s not about me.  It’s all about God.”
     Where you are in your relationship with God will determine what comes out in your actions and words.
                For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.       Matthew 12:34
    In preparation for the next hang out time with friends or just a normal school day, try turning to God and building up your relationship with him instead of turning to the unattainable media standard of beauty that America has set before us.   No one can attain perfect physical beauty at America’s media standard and be satisfied, because God didn’t make us to conform to what other people dictate we should look like – he made us in his image.  Think about that.  No matter what you look like, you are stunning, because you were made in the image of God.  
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
                             Genesis 1:27
 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
                                                                                                                                            Romans 12:2
Fun fact: You are the only you that will ever be, and no one can ever be you.  So be the best woman or man of God that you can be!

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