A few weeks ago, the Golden Globe Awards were on television and simultaneously the “fashion experts” (and I use that term loosely) began critiquing every attendee and what they were wearing.
For days, the
critiquing criticizing went on and
on…and on. And on.
Endless commentary on every aspect of every dress, hairstyle, suit, and shoe. Often rude television personalities picking apart those on the red carpet…and telling viewers who looked beautiful and who did not.
Who said the fashion world and its critics get to decide how beautiful is defined?
He didn’t say If you look like this, you’re beautiful. And He didn’t choose a handful of people and assign them the task of determining who looks beautiful and who does not.
He didn’t create us all to fit a “this is how beautiful looks” mold. In fact, if He wanted us all to look the same, He would have just made us that way. Like little cookie-cutter people with no individuality.
But He didn’t. He made every one of us unique and beautiful in our own way. With our own looks and characteristics. Our own personalities and interests…talents and skills.
Our own selves we bring to the everyday world.
We may try to earn others’ approval with our looks, how we act, and what we do, but thankfully, that’s not how God works.
We can’t earn God’s love, and He’s not comparing us to each other. He created each of us just the way He wanted—in His own image.
In. His. Image.
I wonder what He thinks when we judge ourselves by what others say is beautiful, instead of what He calls beautiful?
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1 Peter 3:3-4 NLT
The beauty that comes from within.
True beauty—inside and out—is from God. From His Spirit living within our hearts and His Light shining out for all the world to see.
What the world calls beautiful will fade. It will change with the next whim or fashion design.
But God’s beauty will never fade. It can only shine brighter.
And when His Light shines from within us? That is what makes us beautiful.
How do you define beauty?
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