In a world where appearances are everything and substance is a turn off, I decided to go to the Bible for advice on beauty. Because God’s idea of beauty is far superior than any earthly person’s view on it.
It was the best beauty treatment 30 minutes of my time could get.
- 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. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
- Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. (Ezekiel 28:17-18)
- Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
Everyday we get uglier in flesh. Things droop, jiggle, and fade. And though we can invest our energy in prolonging the physical effects of decay, it’s still going to happen. And when you really think about it, it’s kind of silly. All the effort that goes into making ourselves into worldly images of beauty.
There’s a reason God allows us to age and lose things we cling to. I think it’s to make us realize that nothing is forever except for Him that created everything. I’m not perfect and spend more time pinning beauty tips and advice than I’d care to admit.
But God is not fooled or impressed by whether our clothes are from designers or thrift stores, what size we squeeze into, or how much makeup we put on.
When I explored the matter further, I realized all the emphasis on physical appearance is just another manifestation of pride.
Dumb pride- always getting in the way of my humility