By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“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
As women we are fascinated by beauty. The beauty industry is one of the largest in America and spends a huge amount of money to make us feel more attractive. A good deal of our personal time and money is spent on trying to make ourselves look and feel prettier. In spite of all the attention, many women today still struggle with poor self image. How many of us ever achieve complete satisfaction with our looks? It’s a generational issue. Sadly, we are taught very young that our worth is in our appearance.
“…God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
We must learn to embrace and thank God for who we are. We are valuable to God. The enemy wants us to be so focused on our outer appearance that we won’t recognize our inner beauty. Our true beauty resides in our inner strength and glory. Real value can not be bought, applied, added on, hung from our ears, or laid around our neck. When God made women, He didn’t just decorate the outside. He decorated the inside and He put true beauty in her spirit.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalms 139:14
Be encouraged, God will send people into your life to appreciate your real beauty just the way you are. A kind of beauty that last in the face of blimishes, scars, wrinkles, gray hair and stooped shoulders. When you fall in love with God, He will adorn you with glory, power and majesty. It’s not what people say about you that makes you different, it’s what you say about yourself, and what God says about you, that really matters. Value yourself today the way God values you…beyond measure!