“Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” – 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)
Beauty surrounds us. It is everywhere. You just need to look, really look, past the outer facade to the deepest part of the heart. Many people look at superficial beauty as the hallmarks of a beautiful person – “the total package.” They don’t see beyond the exterior, to the beautiful inside of a person’s heart and soul. You might think that you can’t see inside of a person, but you would be wrong. Take your blinders off, and you will find that inside beauty radiates to the outside. It can be as subtle as a touch, a smile, or a warm look from the eyes. It can be an action like helping someone across the street, helping someone in need financially, or with a meal. It can be the giving of a listening ear or an aged face that has seen so much. Every line and wrinkle on an aged face shows that quiet something that you can’t quite put your finger on. Beauty isn’t necessarily something to be seen but to be felt. When I touch an older person’s aged and gnarled hand I feel beautiful. Everything an aged person has seen and felt is in that touch. Think about that. Touching an aged hand is an honor. It’s as if the wisdom inside comes pouring out in the warmth of their hands. That is beauty. God giving us His Son, Jesus Christ, is beauty. There is that old saying “that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” What do you see through your eyes? Instead of looking at the outside of a person, look inside instead. Changing the way you look at a person is to know God. He doesn’t look at the outside. He sees the inside, the heart, and soul of a person. Now that is beauty!
Heavenly Father, I feel Your beauty. It pours from Your Word and it shows in Your love for us, Your children. Your beauty radiates blessings, grace, and wonder. Thank You for the beauty of Your teachings. I am in constant awe of Your Word, and I marvel at the beauty of Your splendor. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Written by: Laurie Davis