A New Standard of Beauty
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
In the modern world beauty has taken on such great importance that if you can’t be “beautiful” naturally there are whole industries to make you beautiful, and at the end of the day you can always be digitally retouched. The worlds standards for beauty are not my standards.
I created you wonderfully, marvelously, and beautifully!
Let that sink in for a moment. I created this whole world—oceans, mountains, forests, and you. I knew what I was doing when I created you. I didn’t make a mistake. Your hair color, your freckles, your height, your size, are just the way they’re supposed to be.
Remember, “you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. . .” Isaiah 43:4 (ESV)
In today’s world, media and celebrities have us striving to become people we were never created to be. Their focus is stuck on outward appearances. The beauty they sell lasts for a while and then is gone.
I see the beauty of your spirit. An unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit- the qualities of kindness, gentleness, patience or joy. It is easy to become discouraged by focusing on the features you don’t have, instead of the ones that really matter.
Develop a new standard of beauty for your life, my standard. Next time you look in the mirror remember that I don’t measure what’s on the outside, but what’s inside. I made you and I love you just the way you are.
3 for 3
1 – Work this week on memorizing Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT) “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!“ Ask God to help produce this fruit in your life.
2 – Read 1 Peter 3:3-4 .What have you placed more value on in your life; the external appearances of your body or the internal qualities of your heart?
3 – Listen to this dramatization of the story of creation. Pay special attention to the part about God creating man. (time-stamp 4:33) If you have children listen to this story with them.