Originally Posted August 10, 2015
The July ilybox theme was Beauty. When we chose that theme, we initially were thinking of the beauty God has placed around us (like sunsets, waves, etc.) but quickly realized that the elephant in the room would be our own personal beauty.
Proverbs 31:30 says:
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Beauty is fleeting. That person you see in the mirror will look much different in five/ten/twenty years regardless of how much botox or plastic surgery you get.
Do you place your personal value in your reflection? In the way your jeans fit? In how quickly you can get back to your post-baby weight?
External beauty will only get you so far in this world, and in God’s eyes, not very far at all if that’s all the beauty you possess.
What, other than your outward appearance, makes you beautiful? Do you have a way of making people smile with your adorable sense of humor? Do you have a heart of service? Do people trust you with their secrets? Do you love God with every little cell in your body?
Our inner beauty is where our focus should lie. We should continuously try to be a better person, strive to be closer to God, and use our God-given gifts to shine His light from the inside out.
Now, let’s turn the tables. Where do you find beauty in others? After your initial split-second judgement, do you continue to try to get to know someone or do you just stick with your first impression of their looks?
We’ve all met people who are GORGEOUS on the outside and yet after five minutes of talking to them their outer beauty is tarnished by their inner heart. Maybe they’re bitter about life, or way too into themselves, but whatever it may be, their beauty was absolutely fleeting.
And then there are the people that may not be supermodels on the outside but once we talk to them and learn more about their hearts, they become more and more attractive. (Hint: These are the ones you should consider dating…)
Now, please don’t take this as though I’m saying it doesn’t matter whether you take care of yourself as long as you have a good heart.
1 Corinthians 6:19 & 20 says:
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
We are to treat our bodies with the utmost care and consideration because they are temples of the Holy Spirit. So keep exercising, keep eating healthfully, and if it makes you feel good, feel free to wear your makeup, but make sure to continue working on what makes you beautiful from within.
We are still a representation of God in our outward appearance, but the brighter we shine from within, the more beautiful we will appear on the surface.
With Love & Light,