Have you ever sat back and looked at a picture album of old pictures…and see a photo of your younger self and sarcastically ask “who is that?” Everyone over the course of their life, changes physically. In fact, research says that from the time we are infants to adulthood, we no longer live in the same body because of the amount dead skin cells we shed. We literally have a completely different outer shell from the body we were as children. As a society we focus a lot of energy on our physical appearance. In fact, some people have become obsessed with their looks–and go so far as to have plastic surgeries, fillers, botox, and lip injections, perhaps in an attempt to feel better about themselves. Who knows what personal reasons people do those things? But the irony is that in an age where we have so much beauty around us…we also have a plentitude of insecurity and depression too.
Social media sites are flooded with “feel good” quotes and beauty blogs with tips on how to stay young and beautiful. Fashion websites and pictures of gorgeous models, wearing the most expensive and luxurious name brands saturate the internet–giving a landscape of people that appear nearly physically perfect.
But now a days, just being beautiful is NOT GOOD ENOUGH!
Why? Because true beauty is more than just the “outer shell.”
True beauty is not the characteristic that saves relationships and marriages–its faithfulness.
Beauty doesn’t take care of a person who is ill with cancer–its compassion.
Beauty doesn’t raise your children into amazing people–its understanding and patience.
Beauty doesn’t graduate college, nope…its intellect.
Beauty doesn’t glue a relationship together when you hit a rocky point in your life—its honesty and respect.
And beauty, sure isn’t the reason a person would buy a ring and humbly propose marriage–its geninueness and vulnerability.
The simple truth is –we must be more than one dimensional as a person. In other words, true beauty is not just the outer layer of our skin, but who we are as people. It is our character.
Maybe instead of lip injections or fillers or plastic surgeries…we need to have open heart surgery…because we waste our money in the end, if all we have to offer is just a pretty face.
Maybe its time to allow God to come into our lives…and renew our heart and mind instead. Because we can be the most beautiful people on the outside—but be the most treacherous sinful and ugly people on the inside.
The Bible says that “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a person who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30).
It also says “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 says “Do not let your adorning be external— 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.”
If we are willing to receive this understanding with an open and sincere spirit…If we truly want to see the Lord do something amazing in our life… and we are willing to humble ourselves before God…Maybe first, we will realize that it isn’t our faces that needs fixing, but our hearts.