Every where we turn…
walking down the grocery check out
watching the football game
stepping into a fitness class
we’re confronted with the definition of beautiful. Beautiful as in a certain size, shape and style. Beautiful that is unattainable; at least in this society.
My girl came home from school, freshly wounded from sharp words. We’ve talked, we’ve studied, we’ve meditated on what God’s word has to say about being truly beautiful. As she shared the brutal words, I was reminded of the power of words. I once again I helped her to redefine beautiful.
Beautiful is not a size of an outward body,
but the size of her inner heart.
Love, unconditional and unbounded by fear, radiates from the eyes of a girl, a woman, redefined by God. 1 John 4:18 says,
“There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.
The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
The one who is filled each and every day will God’s perfect allows the fear of rejection of others to fall away, even as the arrows are being aimed at her heart.
Beautiful is not the shape in the mirror,
but the shape of a kind spirit.
A kind spirit is hard to find; which is one reason it is so beautiful. The rare, kind heart steps beyond herself, overcomes her selfishness, in order to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight.”
Jeremiah 9:23 -24 (NIV)
Beautiful is not a certain style, but self-control so Jesus can truly shine.
Today’s beauty is all about me. My hair style, my outfit…me. Keeping up on the latest “in” we’re “out” if we don’t. Drawing attention to ourselves is encouraged. But that isn’t the beauty Jesus is attracted to.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.”
All these things? Yes, all these things. Love, kindness, self-control. When we seek God’s definition of beautiful, we will grow all of these captivating characteristics – the fruit of the Spirit – and more!
Would you like to learn to redefine beautiful God’s way? Grab a special girl or a group of girls and study Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants.