Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Beauty

Have you ever wanted to be beautiful?
Every girl wants it.  We are all jealous of that pretty girl at school, church, or at the mall. Deep down we feel inadequate.  Majorly.  We seem to know that we aren't good enough. 
We wonder how the celebrities, and the celebrities wives, and the celebrities daughters and sisters are so perfect.  Whats with it? They can sing, pose, act, play, and the whole rest of the Hollywood package.  We brush it off and say- "Yeah, I know I'm no movie star, but I'm doing alright".  But we all want it anyway.  Maybe we've all heard that "God made you very special, and he loves you very much", and "You are more beautiful to God than any movie star", or "He made you just the way He wants you", and all the other things we want to be confident in.
What about when we work up the courage to ask, "Do you think I'm beautiful?".  Or Perhaps we take a more sneaky approach:  "Ah, my nose is too long".  And, if you get somebody nice, they will always say something like this.  "What are you talkin' about?  Your beautiful!".  Or you get one of those middle-school preps who give something like this: "Yea, too bad you have ear-hair to match".  Or the well-meaning friend who really can't deny that that pimple so totally stands out, and pause before replying "Well, that's OK.  I get 'em to sometimes."
Then those fun little Internet games where you can put your face in and tweak it, color it, paint it, and give yourself a whole new 'do'.  We seem to think that if only we had blue eyes with our brown hair, we would be set.  If we just had X-brand's Ultra makeup for a mere $10 more, we could walk and smile like the star on those TV ads inbetween Sesame Street episodes, modeling ankle socks.  What about those super slimming pants with the sparkle on the butt-pocket than garners so many glances.  The plus-size lady with those 5-minute teeth-whiteners that whiten in a promised two seconds may be big, but she still works out how many hours a day to be toned just right. 
Is this what we want?  Do we want beauty, or do we want love?
Teaching children this summer, I really had to reinforce the truths I was telling them in my own mind.
 
"Did God just say 'Hey, maybe I'll make Bobby just like Dave, and Susie just like Martha?' No, He may have said 'I'm gonna make Dave with curly hair and green eyes, and I know just how tall he will be when he is 5 years old, and 10 years old, and 50.  And I'll make Susie with pretty brown hair and even eyes to match!  And a bazillion adorable freckles, and a big, happy smile!'  God made you just how He knew you should be, and He loves you more than anybody ever could!"

Yes.  God knows how to make you.  He made you.  He is the Master Designer, so if He wanted you to have brown eyes, you darn-better have brown eyes!  He is the Master Color-Coordinator.  Brown skin and dark eyes?  Beautiful!  Light skin and blue eyes?  Lovely!
Just consider a few of these verses from God's own love-letter to you.  You may be surprised how much He has to say about beauty!

Ezekiel 28:11-15
..."This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you. '"

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 45:11
Let the King be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.

Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

Isaiah 61:3
...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.


Ezekiel 16:14
And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.

1 Peter 3:3-5
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. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves...

Proverbs 11:22
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Song of Solomon 1:15
How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves.

Romans 10:15
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

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