Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
This is quite a statement.
Think about how many times you have heard or perhaps uttered those words. Beauty is something that at times is valued more than intelligence in our society.
For many young girls and boys it is what reigns supreme. The thought of it occupies their time and determines the decisions they make.
Adults are no different. The only difference is that bills, work, and home responsibilities take a majority of our time. None the less we still want to feel beautiful and attractive.
The standards that are portrayed by the media determine who and what define beauty. Although this standard has evolved over time it still does not begin to encompass what true beauty is. This is why the source of our ideas about beauty are important.
It is vital that we define beauty for ourselves. Not by what the latest craze is or even how we feel at the moment but instead by how God defines us.
It is so easy to allow those feelings of inadequacy to seep in, especially if we measure ourselves to a standard of beauty.
How does God define us?
In Jeremiah 1:5, it says,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God defines us as special.
We are EXCEPTIONAL and set apart for a purpose.
He KNEW us and created us for greatness that would have so little to do with our outer beauty.
How empowering to know that we don’t have to change our hair color or style of clothes to be beautiful in Gods eyes. We don’t have to pretend to be someone else. We just have to be us.
There is freedom in accepting yourself as God created you.
Instead of striving to change the outer appearance we should rather strive to beautify ourselves internally according to Gods word.
How does God define beauty?
In 1 Samuel 16:7, it says,
“The LORD does not look at the things human beings look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
God’s definition of beauty lies within the heart.
He isn’t moved by the label in your jeans or the latest gadget you tote . That only adorns the outer you.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;” Colossians 3:12
He defines beauty by how you love those around you.
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ…” Romans 13:14
He classifies beauty in the way you love others and in the way you love Him.
The love of Jesus Christ is the most important accessory you can choose to wear each day. It’s the only one that can change lives and save souls.
Next time you wake up with the ugly bug or you want to compare yourself to your neighbor or even to the airbrushed million dollar figure on a magazine cover.
STOP and remind yourself how truly unique God created you…and that you are not an accident.
Then give yourself a wink in the mirror because beautiful doesn’t begin to describe who you are.