According to the world, outer beauty is most important. We are hit every day with airbrushed women in magazine ads. As young girls, we quickly learn the power that our beauty has over young men. As women, we can use our beauty/womanhood as a powerful weapon over the men in our lives. The movie “Erin Brockovich” comes to mind. In the movie her boss asks her how she plans on getting the information she needs out of a particular man and she responds, “They’re called boobs, Ed.” I rest my case; a woman possesses outer beauty and it is powerful. When we throw in some tears, we can make men putty in our hands. It is a powerful weapon that is not always used for good.
Outer beauty is not the only kind of beauty. We are created in the image of God. His definition of beauty is more than skin deep. Somewhere along the line, real beauty has been forgotten. Real beauty comes from the heart of a woman; it is found in her gentleness, her love for others, and most importantly, her love for God. Real beauty comes from putting others first. It radiates from loving hands when they are folded in prayer or holding someone in pain.
A woman who is walking with the Lord, who is pressing into the word of God and who is on her knees, radiates real beauty. There is great power in that inner beauty as well.
Think of Mother Teresa. She used her inner beauty to change the lives of many. All of us can think of someone in our lives that we are drawn to because of her inner beauty. We love to spend time with her because she has something that is intoxicating about her. Her joy seems to spill out onto us and we are blessed.
We should all strive to have that inner beauty. Not that we should lay our personal appearance aside. It is important to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. I want to look nice for my husband. I love clothes, makeup, and all that girly stuff that makes me feel pretty.
God created us to be special, different from men; we each possess beauty. No matter what size you are, no matter how perfect your hair is, makeup or no makeup, you are beautiful in your own way. When we add God into our beauty regimen on a daily basis, what comes out of us is a beauty that surpasses all our outer beauty.
We work out, we put on makeup, we color our hair, we diet and we use one beauty product after another to beautify the outside but what about our hearts? Are you beautifying your heart with Jesus? Do you have a daily beauty regimen for your heart? Are you setting aside time with God each day? Are you in His word? Are your hands folded in prayer? We joke about getting our rest and beauty sleep to keep ourselves looking refreshed. That is something that we should be doing in every area of our life. We need to take time to rest in the Lord. We need to let Him refresh us. We spend so much time each day trying to look good on the outside, let’s not forget how much more important our inner beauty is.
1 Peter 3:3-4 teaches us, your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.
A beauty regimen based on God is free and the results are guaranteed.