“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
To the world, beauty is defined in many ways as a pleasing appearance. Whether it be by the clothes you buy, the color of your hair, the tone of your muscles or the size you wear. You are constantly being judged by your outward appearance. And if you feel that you don’t measure up to this standard created by the world, you could easily find yourself wishing things were different and start judging yourself based upon these impossible standards.
The mirror can become your greatest hatred and your constant addiction. Taking your eyes off of Christ and leaning on yourself for control and affirmation can be extremely damaging. But it’s important to remember that while we become affixed with the world; Christ is constantly focused on our heart. “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves.” 1 Peter 3:3-5 In the eyes of Christ, our beauty comes from inside. The less we focus on the mirror and the more we focus on the word of God, our hearts will become an outpour of Christ’s beauty.
As we seek to fill our hearts and minds with His goodness and grace, His light will overflow from us and be utterly contagious. “Redefining Beautiful” by Jenna Lucado Bishop (Barnes&Noble) seeks to change the hearts and minds of women to accept themselves as beautiful and confident. This confidence comes from knowing that true beauty will not fade with time and that our God is in complete sovereign control.