I’m diligent to train my daughter not to fixate on outer beauty, but do I protect my heart with the same diligence.
“You are so beautiful!” I tell my daughter as I fix her hair. She responds by telling me that being beautiful on the inside is all that matters. Then she says “silly mom, you taught me that!”
I was speechless. I taught her this, but have I taught myself? Do I see myself as beautiful? When my hair’s a wreck, my jeans won’t button, and wrinkles are popping up everywhere, how do I learn to see myself through God’s eyes?
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “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” (NIV).
Today’s society over-emphasizes outer beauty. Unfortunately this has become the norm. So much so that my daughter’s words about inner beauty seem somewhat foreign. She believes that inner beauty is most important. I’m thankful for the timely reminder that she gave me when I was doing her hair. I love that God speaks to me through my five-year-old daughter.
Next time you look in the mirror and are tempted to evaluate yourself against what the world says is beautiful, remember God sees you differently—He’s focused on what’s inside, and He’s working to grow that so that you more closely resemble Christ. So don’t buy into the world’s obsession with appearances as you learn to live Wholly Loved.
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Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION(R), NIV(R) Copyright (c) 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. (R) Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.