It's no secret that our culture is obsessed with beauty. We live in beautiful homes, design beautiful yards, drive beautiful cars, wear beautiful clothes, create beautiful faces, and marry beautiful people. We are constantly seeking things of beauty.
And, I don't think there's a thing wrong with surrounding ourselves with beautiful things. After all, we can take one quick glance at our natural world, and clearly discern that God places emphasis on beauty. The snowy peaks of the highest mountains, the crystal clear waters of the deepest seas, the grassy plains full of wildflowers - these things are distinct indicators of the value God places on beautiful things. He designed our earth to be a tiny sampling of His glory.
But, let me tell you what I've run across lately - misplaced worth. Do you know what I'm talking about? Have you seen it?
Have you watched women, particularly, glean ALL of their worth from outward beauty? They search for status and acceptance based on the beautiful things I addressed earlier. They spend a small fortune on personal appearance - hair, nails, facials, clothes, shoes, accessories, makeup. You know what I'm talking about. You may be who I'm talking about. I've been who I'm talking about.
I remember a time, not so long ago, when I thought my worth was the sum of my physical beauty. I could be obsessive about my weight, my hair, my nails, my makeup, my clothes. And, I'll be the first to admit that I'm still not going further than the mailbox without my eyeliner and lipstick. A bald woman needs all the help she can get! :)
But, the Lord has done a redeeming work in me in this area. The effects of cancer can be hard on the physical beauty of a body. I'll put it this way, Victoria's Secret isn't looking to hire me anytime soon. :) And, you know what, I'm okay with that.
1 Peter 3 gives the best advice, "Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands." (1 Peter 3:3-5 NLT)
I don't think this verse insists that we be plain janes. However, I KNOW that it commands us to gain our beauty from a life of submission to God and our husbands. That's where we'll find our worth. That's when we'll be able to stop chasing the world's idea of beauty, and we can trade it in for God's beautification plan.
(P.S. Sorry about the spacing. Blogger has a mind of its own this morning. I've tried to fix it several times, but alas, it's unfixable.)