There are so many different ways people define it. I used to thrive on any and all compliments, like being asked if I’ve lost weight or told that I’m pretty.
Admittedly, I think part of me actually lived for comments like these. I placed my worth in my appearance alone. I used to think beauty was found in being skinny, having long hair, and maintaining a deep bronzed tan. I went through a period where I pushed myself too hard at the gym. I spent shameful amounts of money on make-up and trendy clothes that I truly believed to be the answer. I fried and stripped my hair of all its nutrients in an effort to achieve perfect. I spent way too much of my time just thinking about the next thing I was going to eat, or not eat, to stay in control of my weight.
I chased after these things because I thought they would lead me to beauty. I thought they would prove to others that I was capable of perfecting beauty. I thought perfecting beauty would lead me to love and happiness. I believed outward beauty, trends and being liked equaled “worthy.”
These were my truths. But God took my truths, wrapped me in His arms and showed me that I could not be further from THE TRUTH. This seems to be a trend of His.
Peter encouraged Christian wives that beauty is found within: “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 a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4).
The bottom line is: it is so important to focus on your inner spirit of godliness because that is where true beauty is found.
The thing is, I was beautiful before anyone gave me the compliments I used to live for. I was beautiful because God made me beautiful.
Today, I am beautiful because Jesus Christ transformed my mind. I am beautiful because that is how God sees me. I am beautiful no matter what my reflection in the mirror is and no matter what society tells me is beautiful because God created me.
Proverbs 31:30 says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Beauty is “fleeting.” Yes, that means the effects of aging are inevitable. But God thinks I am beautiful no matter what this planet says.
God sees you with eyes of love because He is love itself.
This world tells us that beauty is a list of exterior characteristics. This is not the truth but we live in a fractured world.
The Bible tells us not to lose heart, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. So we fix our eyes not on what is see, but what is unseen.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
That is looking in the mirror and asking God to fix our eyes on how He sees us because He is eternal. That is looking in the mirror and seeing that you are beautifully and wonderfully made. YOU are His most precious creation.
So when you take a look in the mirror, you are looking at His beautiful masterpiece. Believe you are beautiful because God created you and He believes you are beautiful.