As we wait in line at the checkout, I look over all the magazine covers staring back at me. “Perfect makeover plan, best new hair looks, hottest beauty tips, best fat burners, flawless makeup.” All the tips and tricks you can imagine, displayed right there in front of me.
I start thinking about my curly, sometimes frizzier than I would like, hair. My less than latest outfit. My jeans that might seem just a bit tighter today. These magazines joyfully point out all our insecurities and display them loudly across these glossy covers, while promising ways to make us “better.” Ugh.
My heart hurts for each and every person who looks at these magazines and for one minute might think they need to be better than they are. That they need to be more than who God made them to be.
If only we could see beyond society’s idea of beauty. We are so much more than that! We are kind, funny, smart, loving, thoughtful, compassionate, extraordinary people. We are loved and treasured for who we are inside.
If only we could see ourselves through His eyes. No amount of makeup and hair products and fancy clothes a size smaller will make us beautiful. We are not defined by that kind of beauty. They got it all wrong. That is not what true beauty is about.
God made us beautiful from the inside out.
When your sister comes over upset and you are there to listen to her all night . . . that is true beauty.
When your friend is down and you make them laugh . . . that is true beauty.
When you have been asked the same question 10 times, yet you take the time to answer it once more . . . that is true beauty.
When you get down on your knees and pray for others . . . that is true beauty.
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. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
I hope we can stop focusing on just looking more beautiful on the outside and make sure we are beautiful on the inside. Love ourselves for who God made us to be, exactly as we are at this moment. See other people for who God made them to be. We are His masterpiece.
I have a challenge for all of us . . .
It’s easy to compliment outer beauty, but what about inner beauty?
Don’t be shy about it. When you see it in someone, say something. Appreciate that amazing inner beauty and make sure she knows you see it! And if you want to start by complimenting someone’s inner beauty in the comments, we would love to hear it!
Written with love from Jennifer, StudioJRU.