If you’re like me you’ve looked in the mirror this week and realized you are, in fact, getting older. There are a few more grey hairs – patches, in my case – than were there before. And then there’s the wrinkles…
ok, lets just not talk about wrinkles.
I don’t know about you, but I’m painfully reminded of how I lack in physical beauty every time I visit the grocery store. The magazines at the check out counter say beauty should be thin, sleek, and sexy – with long, shiny, perfect, hair. Meanwhile, I’m slightly over my ideal weight (ok, more than slightly). Sleek and sexy is not how I would describe myself, and my hair is far from perfection – being very short with a mind of its own.
Thank God true beauty has nothing to do with the physical, and everything to do with who we are spiritually. I needed this reminder today, and thought you might too. This is a repost from a piece I wrote on this topic several months ago….
Repost of “God Breathed and Beautiful”:
I have been chewing on Gen. 1:27 this past week …about how we are made in the image of God and what that means exactly…[now don’t laugh, but I always thought it meant we literally looked like him somehow…but then I realized God is spirit, so he doesn’t have a body (duh, Crystal)]…So I dug a little deeper. This is what “made in his image” really means: When God gave Adam his breath of life he imparted his likeness [his beauty] to all mankind. It’s not a physical beauty, because God is spirit. Instead, it is an inner beauty. We resemble him mentally, morally, and socially and we reflect his image best when we pursue our passion, work, create, build, love, forgive, act justly, live right, serve others, and engage in community and close relationships.
It doesn’t matter what the world may say about us [or our own family for that matter]. We are beautiful because we are God breathed.
I needed this reminder, what about you?