True Beauty resonates from within and does not get stuck on our outer appearance.
How much time do we spend making our outer selves look good, meanwhile neglecting what is going on within? Scripture warns us numerous times to not get caught up in our outward appearance. And yet, it is such a struggle for us. We get wrapped up in our exercise regimes, our diet & health, our skin care routines, our clothes and the latest fashions. This world promotes a certain way to look through advertising and promoting. You feel compelled to look a certain way, dress a certain way and talk a certain way.
If we are not careful, it can consume us. The way we look can become our focal point, taking precedence over God. We exercise, we spraytan, we scrub cellulitis (what in the world is cellulitis anyways?), we use wrinkle creams, we buy the latest fashion, we avoid sunlight, we things pinned…and unpinned. Stretched…and plumbed. Thin is in one year and curvy the next. Last year’s fashion is no longer fashionable. And if we are not careful, we can get our outer appearance tied up with our self worth.
This world promotes the idea that beautiful people are more valuable.
The sad thing is–we don’t even see ourselves as beautiful. This documentary titled “Real Beauty” shows how we look right over the beauty of our created beings and instead, we focus on our personal imperfections and flaws. We fail to see ourselves through God’s eyes. He has a different lens. After all, is it not God Himself who created us “in His own image?” (Genesis 1:27) Seriously, what is cooler than that? God has made us all individually, creatively, uniquely and yes, even beautifully. We are the work of His hands.
We are His masterpiece.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10