In the eyes of the world, beauty is on the outside. We are hit every day with air-brushed women in magazine ads. As young girls, we quickly learn the power that our beauty has over young men. As women, we can use our beauty/womanhood as a powerful weapon over the men in our lives. The movie Erin Brockovich comes to mind. In the movie her boss asks her how she plans on getting the information she needs out of a particular man and she responds, “They’re called boobs Ed.” I rest my case; a woman possesses outer beauty and it is powerful. When we throw in some tears, we can make men putty in our hands. It is powerful weapon not always used for good.
Outer beauty is not the only kind of beauty. We are created in the image of God, in His idea of what beauty is. Somewhere along the line, real beauty has been forgotten. Real beauty comes from the heart of a woman, it is found in her gentleness, her love for others and most importantly her love for God. Real beauty comes from putting others first. It radiates from loving hands when they are folded in prayer or holding someone in pain. A woman who is walking with the Lord, who is pressing into the word and who is on her knees shines real beauty, the kind of beauty that God created us for. There is great power in that inner beauty also. Think of Mother Teresa. She had an inner beauty and with that she changed the lives of many. I am sure all of us have someone in our lives that we are drawn to because of her inner beauty. We love to spend time with her because she has something that is intoxicating about her. Her joy seems to spill out onto us and we are blessed.
I have a dear friend who is beautiful. She is beautiful in the eyes of the world, she is a fitness model, and she has had several photo shoots, and has been in commercials. Her outside beauty is hard not to notice. She is hands-down one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. There is more to her than her outer beauty however, there is something about her that outshines that beautiful exterior. It is what is inside of her. She has a new joy that radiates out of her; there is a sparkle in her eyes. It comes from finding joy in the Lord. She is walking in a new way with God and what flows from her now far outshines her outer beauty. She has always had a beautiful heart but there is even more beauty now.
She finds her strength on her knees, hands folded before God. She is now in the word and the loving heart I have known for so many years is even more beautiful now that she is in a daily relationship with Christ. Every time I see her, I am drawn to her eyes. You can see Christ in them!! I love seeing the new fruit in her life. There is even more of gentleness in her now. She is a perfect example of what beauty is to look like. Her inner beauty runs so deep that it outshines her worldly beauty.
Ladies, we should all strive to have that inner beauty. I am not saying we should lay our personal appearance to the side. It is important to stay healthy and to try to take care of ourselves. I do want to look nice for my husband. I love clothes, makeup and all that girly stuff that makes me feel pretty. Ladies, God created us to be special, different from men, we each possess beauty. No matter what size you are, no matter how perfect your hair is, make up or no make up you are beautiful in our own way. When we add God into our beauty regiment on a daily basis, what comes out of us is a beauty that surpasses all our outer beauty.
Ladies, we workout, we put on make up, we color our hair, we diet and we use one beauty product after another to beautify ourselves but what about our hearts? Are you beautifying your heart with Jesus? Are you into a daily beauty regiment for your heart? Are you setting aside time with God each day? Are you in his word? Are your hands folded in prayer? We joke about getting our rest and beauty sleep to keep ourselves looking refreshed. That is something that we should be doing in all areas of our life. We need to take time to rest in the Lord. We need to let him refresh us. We put so much time in each day to look good on the outside, so let’s try not to forget how much more important the inner beauty is. 1 Peter 3:3-4 teaches us: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 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. A beauty regimen based on God is free and the results are guaranteed.