That is so beautiful! I cannot believe how beautiful this has become! Look at how beautiful that is! All of these expressions conjure up different images for us. What one person sees as beautiful, another may not feel the same. There is a saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. So what is beauty and how do we recognize it?
Let’s begin by looking in the mirror. I know, that may not be the first place many of us would look or consider finding beauty. But, did you know that you are beautiful? Really, you are absolutely beautiful. Some may agree with that. Some will not. The majority will want to change something about themselves first. But I am confident in my assessment that you are beautiful just the way you are. Do you know how I can be so confident? Because I know you are made by an amazing Creator that calls you his beloved. I know that you are not a mistake. I know that you are loved and adored beyond your wildest imagination. I know because you are a creation of goodness.
Yes, we have many flaws. We have many things we would change if we could. There could be a list of things we would do differently if we were the creator. We probably wouldn’t make donuts have calories so we wouldn’t have a gut. We might would make sitting on our couch a vital exercise to keep six pack abs. It could be we would want wrinkles to disappear when we laugh. It might become limitless on how we would change things. But those things – those extra pounds hiding our six pack – those wrinkles that replace our smooth skin – these are all things which are on the surface. God sees so much more. He sees our heart, our love, our intentions. He sees our kindness and our joy. He sees us as we really are. He isn’t worried about the things we spend so much time concerned about. He loves us because we are his. He loves us because we are, indeed, beautiful.
So pick your head up. Carry yourself with determination. Smile – you are one of God’s beloved and he thinks you are beautiful!
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
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