Being beautiful is a blessing from God. Many of us want to be acknowledged for our beauty and we love it when others remind us that we still “got it”. But some of us forget that outer beauty is passing. Eventually it will fade.
All the Botox and cosmetic surgery in the world can’t keep us young forever. This is why it is important that our inner beauty surpasses the beauty seen only with eyes.
Many of us believe that the world owes us something because we “look good.” That is great that you love yourself and know your self-worth, but no one owes you worship. We were made to worship God, not our possessions and certainly not ourselves. Whatever you place your time and focus on will become your god, which is an idol.
God is not pleased when His children exalt themselves. He wants us to be humble. When did we become so unladylike, as to place ourselves higher than the next daughter of God? Even though you may not say it aloud, what are you saying in your heart?
You are pretty. You are gorgeous. You are wonderful. Don’t let it go to your head. It saddens me when I hear ladies saying things about themselves – exalting themselves above all other women. If you claim to be a woman of God, then don’t miss this verse:
“…not to think of [your]self more highly than [you] ought to think” (Romans 12:3)
Don’t think of yourself MORE HIGHLY than you should think. A virtuous woman of God is a humble woman of God. Not a boastful, prideful woman who sets herself above the rest. People will smell the foul stench of pride on you, and won’t want to be around you. The bible says that God resists the proud. Do you really want God to resist you? That’s not a good thing.
We go shopping for outfits, planning to “look” better than all of the other women in the room. (Trust me, I’ve done it too!) Secretly we’re competing against others, as we compare ourselves to the standards of this world. Why? What are the intentions of your heart? To gain attention? We need to learn to be content with the way God made us and love ourselves without being haughty and high-minded. Forget about the standards of the world. TV beauty is deceptive. Celebrities and magazine models do not have perfect bodies. You want to look beautiful like the celebrities? Even the celebrities WISH they look as half as good as they look on TV. But they certainly know it takes plenty of make up and surgery to look flawless – and even AFTER ALL THAT they still aren’t the image of perfection. Have you ever heard of Adobe Photoshop?
Stop comparing yourself to an unrealistic interpretation of beauty. If we spent less time and money on high-fashion clothes, shoes, hair, makeup, designer bags, and trying to “fit in” this superficial world – we could spend valuable time on increasing our inner beauty. Your value is not wrapped up in the material things that you own. Submitting to our fleshly desires will result in devaluing our own inner beauty. What are you worth? If your self-worth is equivalent to what you look like, then your value is diminishing every day that you live. Focus more on building the eternal character of our inner person so our true beauty will shine through. Let’s look at what God’s word says:
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:3-4
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made – Psalm 139:14
Beautiful daughters, I pray this blesses you and reminds you of your worth in Christ!
Your sister in Christ