When Beauty is less than Beautiful

I struggle with the idea of beauty. I honestly see myself as a beautiful person inside and out, but I get so many opposite messages from the world that I start to doubt that beauty. Who cares if I think I’m beautiful if the world doesn’t? I know God thinks I’m beautiful and that should be all that matters, but sometimes, i honestly just crave the approval of the world.  It’s something I struggle with.  I know plenty of other girls do as well.  That is why I want to talk about it,

In my depression, my darkest moments, I feel less that beautiful in the worlds eyes.  I see myself as worthless.  I see myself as someone who has to compromise themselves just to get a glance in their direction.  A harsh, but true reality.  We as humans long to be loved and approved of.  The father of lies takes this longing and uses it for his own agenda.  He fills us with those thoughts that the only thing that matters is what others think of us.  This is a lie straight from the pit of hell.  In fact, the opposite is true. THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS WHAT GOD THINKS OF US.  I could rattle of a handful of bible verses to back this up.  I also could rattle off a bunch of verses about what God does think of us. And let me tell you, he thinks some pretty awesome things, especially considering the fact that we are sinners. I mean come one, he let his only son die and take the punishment we deserve.  Now that’s love.  

Now beauty is something everyone sees differently.  As the old saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Sadly for most people, beauty is often less than beautiful.  Beauty by God’s definition is of the heart.  More specifically…

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:3-4

In today’s society however, people view beauty as that physical attraction.  The tan skin, the thin body, the ones who can afford the most expensive designer clothes.  Now if that were the box of beauty, I would not fit into it. Luckily for me God says beauty is in a gentle and quiet spirit.  Oh wait, maybe I don’t have that either.  If anyone know’s me they know I’m loud and somewhat crazy.  God couldn’t be possibly talking about me in this verse, could he?  The great news is that he is.  That’s because Jesus is covering me. And when I strive after Jesus, the fruits of the spirit tend to follow. One of which includes gentleness.  So is that it?  Have we discovered the key to beauty.  Is it striving after Jesus?  Well, I’d have to say the answer is an absolute yes.  God doesn’t think the things of this world are that beautiful.  I mean, sure they are beautiful to an extent, but they have also been corrupted by the dirty filth of sin.  Can you imagine the true beauty that will be beheld in heaven!? No, beauty is something only the ones striving after Jesus can truly posses.

So as I sit here in my Detroit Tigers shirt, my ripped jeans, with my messy hair, God is looking down at me and proclaiming “Look, my beautiful bride.” Ahhh. Now that is a refreshing thought.  With Jesus covering, I am a s while as snow. Solomon speaks of it this way,

You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. SOS 4:7

So next time you look in the mirror or even at someone else, remember this.  Beauty is less than beautiful when it involves striving for earthly things, but when the blood of Jesus washes you clean, you are the most beautiful precious thing in all of God’s creation.  So when you do look in the mirror, search of Jesus and I PROMISE, your true beauty will shine through.

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