We are made in the image of God. We, His creation, were made to be beautiful and to love beauty.
We long for it. We need it. But like all needs, the need for beauty can be twisted to our hurt. The warped world we live in has taken this need for beauty and turned it into something ugly.
Instead of encouraging us to become beautiful through growth, through the practice of spiritual disciplines, the world tells us we can buy beauty. We see it in advertisements. We see it in the faux, flawless faces, the airbrushed, altered bodies on billboards. We see the face in the mirror and know it cannot compare.
What’s the secret of real beauty?
Real beauty does not diminish or fade with time. It is not captured by the young and gradually relinquished with age. It grows and becomes more and more and more beautiful with time. Real beauty lies in one’s spirit, attitude, and actions. These three are beauties that will last.
“You need this product!” And you’ll need a new one tomorrow.
“You need this look!” And there will be a new one next season.
“You need this thing!” And it will wear out or go out of style soon.
We can lighten, tighten, whiten, and brighten with these marvelous products. But they only affect our outer layer. They do nothing for the real us. The skin we wear is going to sag, wrinkle, peel, and one day turn to dust. What really matters is what is inside the skin we wear.
“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel” (I Peter 3:3, NKJV). This verse of Scripture is not saying, “Don’t wear beautiful things”; it is saying, “Don’t let what makes you beautiful be things.”
Don’t let the things that make you beautiful be things on the outside, like the way you fix your hair or the clothing you wear. Make sure that your beauty comes from inside you, the unfading beauty of a gentle, quiet spirit which is highly valued in God’s sight.
Real beauty can’t be bought. It is not in a tube or on a hanger. You can’t arrange it, not with a braid, or a pin-curl, or with a brush. You can’t wear it; you have to grow it.
Fashion fades. Bodies age. But real beauty is a treasure all can afford—and none can outgrow.
Real beauty lies in one’s spirit, attitude, and actions.
What really matters is what is inside the skin we wear.
Don’t let what makes you beautiful be things.
Rachel is married to Brent Coltharp, pastor of First Apostolic Church in Auro, Illisnois. She is wife to one, mother to four, and is fluent in four languages:Infantese, Toddlerspeak, Teenlingo, and Husbandism. Rachel is a writer and public speaker who shares from her real-life experiences, mostly mistakes and do-overs. She is a passionate follower of Jesus Christ and an avid disciple of Apostolic doctrine. Visit her at www.rachelcoltharp.blogspot.com.