BEAUTY IS ONLY SOUL DEEP
It seems to me that way too many of us are influenced by the world in the matters of appearance. We see it all the time in movies and on television, store fronts, and, most notably, in the checkout lines of the stores you shop. Images of movie stars, models, and fitness professionals grace the covers of magazines we see as we stand waiting our turn to check out. Images burnt into our minds that tell us how the world sees perfect and beautiful. It is the reason there are so many fitness centers popping up all over the world.
Now don’t take that the wrong way. I do believe it is good to get and stay in shape. But to what end? Is it honestly for our health or is it because we are trying to look like all those movie stars, models, and fitness professionals on the covers of all those magazines in the checkout line? Then, when we don’t measure up to these somewhat impossible standards, we tend to look at ourselves as less than perfect, or even failures, for not attaining that goal of the perfect image.
We really need to stop measuring our beauty by the world’s standards and, instead, see each other and ourselves as God sees us. He does not look at our outward appearance to see our beauty. He looks into our hearts, our souls, to see our beauty.
3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, 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 3:3-6 (NIV)
Knowing, then, how God looks at you, I have to ask this question. Does that scare you? If God sees right through to our heart, our souls, and sees us for who we truly are, what is He seeing?
I have met many people in my life so far. Some were physically beautiful and some not so much. It is a funny thing, however, that, as I got to know them on a more personal level, the outside appearance was not always reflective of their inside appearance. Some of the most physically beautiful people were often some of the ugliest people on the inside. Perhaps it was because their physical appearance had become such an important part of their own self-image, they neglected the truly important part that God sees. In contrast, those that were not so beautiful on the outside were the most beautiful people internally that I have ever been blessed to meet. We would all be better served if we would just stop and take the time to work on our inner beauty instead of our external beauty. We can do that by loving others without conditions.