“Something that everyone seems to find true – lasting beauty is in the heart of another. In the qualities that seem to bring out the best in others…Wrinkles conquer everyone. But a heart? That just gets more and more beautiful with Jesus and time.”
This was the response I received after asking a good friend how she would define beauty. And I found such truth in her words. You see, beauty is something so many women strive for, and these same women time and time again feel like they will never measure up.
The problem, however, is not that we don’t measure up. The problem is that we have allowed our definition of beauty to become so outwardly focused when that was never the way beauty was meant to be defined.
Do not let your adorning be external-the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Scripture speaks so clearly about this. Beauty is not defined by the clothes we wear or the makeup we use to paint our faces. Beauty is not defined by the pictures we compare ourselves to in the magazines we skim through at the grocery store. This outward, physical beauty that we so desperately continue to chase after – it fades.
Not only does our physical beauty fade, but it’s not what God desires for us to seek. God’s desire is that we would seek this “imperishable beauty”, this beauty that is inwardly focused and defined by your character. Instead of fixating on our appearance, God calls us to shift our attention to something deeper -the beauty of our soul.
This is why I found such truth in the words of my friend, Maegen. The qualities that deem us truly beautiful are found within and not without. The qualities that deem us truly beautiful are the ones created and stirred up inside our souls as we spend time both reading and obeying the Word of God – qualities like “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self control, truth, loyalty, humility, and so on.”
Charm is deceptive and beauty if fleeting,but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.