A Rare Beauty
Our readers love to talk about God's truth. Several months ago, we offered the chance for LYWB.com readers to submit posts for our blog. The response was overwhelming. You'll be able to catch the writing of these one-time guest bloggers in the coming months. These are readers just like you who are striving to live out God's truth. Since these are guest bloggers, their style or approach may be a little different than you're used to, but we've read every word and we think they've got something important to say. In fact, check this great post by Brittany Ketter.
Today is one of those rare days where I did everything right.
- My hair went the way I wanted it to go.
- My makeup went on nicely in a fun way I decided to wear it today. (Bonus points as it covered up my blemishes and spots on my face.)
- I wore the right outfit that is both modest and compliments my looks and personality.
This is a rare day where everything I wanted to go right with my appearance did. But when it came down to it, I remembered my verse I sign next to my name:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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 (1 Pet. 3:3–4).
I am quite happy with my appearance today, but at the end of the day when I'm sitting in my big comfy chair in my sweats and an over-sized T-shirt with my hair in a messy ponytail on top of my head and my makeup washed off, I want to be beautiful. I'm not talking about the outer beauty that is here today, gone tomorrow, and ever-changing by the world's standards. I am talking about the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit—a young woman who is humble, loving, and compassionate to others. And whose outer character is a reflection of her inner character. I want my beauty to be genuine and a reflection of who I really am.
In our world, people are constantly saying how you have to look and dress and act. They are constantly pressuring us to conform to what they say is beautiful. Tell me, who are they to say what is beautiful? Who are they to say what is worth more? God's creation is beautiful, and He doesn't make mistakes. When you start thinking along the lines of what the world says about beauty and putting your appearance down, you are saying that God did a bad job. That is a lie. God knit you together in your mother's womb ever so perfectly. From your eye color to your hair color to your personality to your genes, God purposely created you this way, and you know what? He is enthralled by your beauty. (Ps. 45:11, emphasis mine).
Do not believe the lie that your worth is based on your looks. But know the truth—that when you realize just how beautiful you are and see who you are in Christ, that is true beauty.
What is the kind of beauty you want to exhibit in your life?
About the Author: Brittany Ketter is a college freshman with a Bible/Theology major. Her goals for the future include publishing her book for teen girls and working with women and teens. Aside from writing, her interests include worship dance, music, drama, horses, summer, and spending time with her family and friends.