Don’t be alarmed. I will not be giving out any tips on hair and makeup today so this post is appropriate for both male and female readers, but have you ever taken time to really think about beauty? The word is defined by both intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics, such as outward appearances and personality. In today’s society, the word is more precisely associated with body shape, clothing labels, hairstyles, body piercings, fame, charm, and the opinions of family, friends, coworkers, and strangers. The sad thing about all of this is that it places way too much importance on things that not only do not matter but that will fade. Proverbs 31:30 describes this perfectly as it says “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” I want you to think about this for a moment if you will. What does this really mean? How do you define beauty?
Beauty to me is defined by the way you love and care for people. It is the way you recognize God’s plan and take action towards pursuing it. It is about passion for making a difference and praising God through even the most difficult of circumstances. I can think of several people who exemplify this type of beauty, but one amazing woman in particular always comes to mind first. Her passion for making a difference in the community, her love for family, and her great love for the Savior were just three ways she modeled this true beauty. She just had that special something about her that left you feeling encouraged and valued after talking to her if only for a brief minute. Her enthusiasm was contagious, just like her melodic laugh! Although I do not understand for sure why her life was cut so short since she was making such an impact on the community and praising God with every step she took, I am simply thankful for the legacy of love she left behind and for the true representation of beauty that she was.
I’m sure you can think of an example of beauty like mine, but I want to make one last and ultimate point in this lengthy post. You are beautiful! You might not realize this or feel like this every day, but God does not create anything that is not beautiful. You have a purpose and you are loved. Share this message with others you come into contact with this week and thank the Beautiful Savior who loved you enough to shed His blood so that you and I may one day experience the beauty of a perfect forever home in Heaven!