Have you ever been told, “But, you have such a pretty face!”?
I’m not sure I can articulate what that felt like the moment the statement hit my ears.
I think it was the preface ‘BUT’ that made the moment awkward for me.
Hear me out! It’s not like it was a rude comment in ANY WAY. Yes, it was kind and meant to uplift. It was my own self-consciousness that was struck by the ‘BUT’. I was presuming the person was trying to distract attention away from my plump physique. SO WHAT if they were!! It’s not like they actually called me chunky. They said I had a nice face. “Gee thanks!” would have probably been nice of me to reply.
(Oh the trouble we create for ourselves when we over think stuff!)
The more I review the comment I am so thankful their heart’s desire was to draw my attention away from any negative feelings I was exuding and move my thoughts upward; not just to my face, but to a positive place of focus. I’m not sure we should ever run around telling people they have a rockin’ body anyway!!! Someone might think THAT is equally weird and awkward even if the motive was to simply uplift.
Listen sisters, you and I don’t need to have an A+ in charm school and a 5 star appearance to rank in the realm of beauty; maybe according to the world’s evaluation. With God, however, beauty is taken to a deeper and lasting level and you and I need to hear that!
Let’s take a fresh look at beauty right now. ”
“…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 3:4
I realize the Bible speaks about men and women who God created to have notably attractive earthly features. (Sarah, Gen. 12:11; Joseph, Gen. 39:6; Rachel, Gen. 29:17; David, 1 Sam. 6:12; Esther, Esther 2:7 and so on.) Equally noted, the prophetic description of Jesus in His human form tells us in Isaiah 53 that He would not have any external features or beauty that would attract or draw people to Him.
So what IS the heart of the matter here?
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The heart is the focus!
Run the gamut of social media and cultural influences and you will find the world will put extreme pressures on the outward appearance. It says so in His Word! But God has His gaze on the condition of your heart and mine, friend!
The heart is what counts most!!
You are still struggling to accept that aren’t you?
I get that! I still struggle at times “BUT” then I set my thinking above on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8)
God defines the true beauty of a woman by a heart that loves Him, respects Him, responds to Him with faith that is sure of His sovereignty and rests securely in His power.
Be THAT woman today!
May you and I love our awesome and amazing God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and allow His presence in our lives to shine on our faces and be ever so evident in what flows out of our hearts towards others for His glory.