Are You Beautiful?

Several months ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a few days in NYC with members of a high school chorus group. These teens were not only talented, but special in so many ways. I listened to their stories and watched as they took in this new and exciting land. When I considered all the possibilities that lay before them in life, my heart welled with emotion

But much to my dismay, I entered a hotel room just before “lights out” and found a scene that instantly broke my heart. There on the desk, I saw an abundance of cosmetics and beauty supplies. I suppose it could have been the small size of the desk that made the contents appear overwhelming, but I think not. What overwhelmed my heart wIMG_4851as that I knew the four girls residing in the room. I have seen them among their peers and watched them perform on stage. I have held conversations with them; they are bright, gifted and have hearts of gold. Yet, each day, they wake to look in the mirror and are not satisfied with what they see. Instead, they feel the need to paint, alter and enhance who they are. I desperately wish they could see what I see…or better yet, what God sees.

I decided it might be a time for a teaching moment! And so I reminded each of them that the products they use do not make them beautiful, but that it is what is in the heart that matters. It’s possible my lecture fell on deaf ears that day as I still run into these ladies from time to time, and they continue to support the cosmetics industry with their daily rituals. However, that will not stop me from encouraging them and praying for them that they will come to know who they are as God’s creatures.

My desire for these gals, and for each of my readers, is to see in his/her heart what God sees and focus on beautifying that place. After all, I have never heard someone say, “I love being around her because her make-up is done just so” or “I feel good in her presence because her hair is always perfect.” No. But, I have heard many people say, “I really like to be around that person because he/she makes me feel good about myself” or “That person makes me want to be a better person.”

Where is your focus today? What do you see? If you look in the mirror and see something painful, is it possible that no amount of make-up or primping will change that? Look beyond the pimples, the puffy eyes, the frown marks, the scars, whatever it may be and spend time on your heart. You need not be afraid. God only wants to heal the places that are broken and help you shine. Taking time out of your life with Him, to nurture your spirit, will make your cheeks rosy, your smile brighter and your overall appearance shine like the stars in the universe. And, think of all the money you will save!

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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