What is Beauty?
There is not a day that I open the door and walk into the world and am not bombarded with the worlds messages towards me about my beauty. Honestly they are more like threats than they are messages. If you don`t have the perfect hair the trim and athletic body and the right outfit to accentuate all of that, you are not beautiful. One thing I love about my profession is wearing a uniform. What a relief it is to just wake up and throw on my scrubs and white shoes and run out the door, confident that whoever judges me, cannot blame my fashion style on me! It is an added bonus, never would I be a nurse just because of the uniform. I love being a women and using fashion and make-up and beauty to adorn my outer appearance, but I hate that no matter what I do or how I do it, there is the worldly pressure to be better, more, that never ceases. Because in our day and age, beauty has become perfection. Unless each and every detail is perfect: the hair, the tan (even in the winter) the shape and angles of the body, the complexion, the outfit, the accessories, you are automatically excluded from the possibility of being beautiful.
What is beauty? When the Word tells us that God sees us as beautiful what does He mean?
When God calls us beautiful I don`t think He means physically. And I sometimes wonder if He means spiritually because I know daily I fail to be beautiful spiritually. I think He means that He sees our inner beauty, the potential He created within us to not only be beautiful ourselves but to share and spread beauty throughout the world. Beauty is loving the unloved, caring for orphans, supporting the friend who is weak and doubting, praying for your enemies, seeing God for who He really is and sharing that with the world around you. Beauty is not what naturally flows from us, but what flows when we understand that the God who created and encompasses all that beauty is, lives within us, and therefore beauty lives within us. Through the grace of Christ we have full access to the true meaning of beauty.
I am a woman of God. I don`t care what shape my body is, how tan my skin is, how curly or thick my hair is... I care about the beauty of my heart and I want, I desperately desire to be beautiful within: to be patient and caring, to be compassionate, to love my enemies, to forgive those who hurt me, to love the loveless, the bring wholeness to the broken.
This article was shared this morning on the news and it is a simple yet powerful way of expressing the truth of what beauty is, a father writing to his daughter. I hope it will encourage you whether you are young, old, married, single, working, unemployed, a mother, a daughter... be encouraged to share this true beauty with those around you. May others see Christ in us through our inner beauty.