A couple of weeks ago, I had this horrible dream where I was in front of a bunch of people in a bathrobe, but no matter how hard I tried, the bathrobe wouldn’t cover me up. I tried sitting down, so no one could see me, but even when I sat, they could still see my naked body. It was awful!
In our culture, we are often so critical of how we look, and we put a lot of thought into what we put on our bodies. We want to feel good, and we want to flatter the body we have. But when it comes down to it, we just really REALLY don’t want people to see what is underneath. The need to keep our bodies covered started in the Garden of Eden, and hasn’t changed much to this day.
But what happens when we stop focusing on the clothes that we wear to cover our bodies, and instead focus on how we present ourselves in a different way?
Our culture has created a level of self-consiousness that makes it hard to focus on what’s important. We wonder what people think when they see us.
“Do I look fat?”
“Will anyone notice that I just worse this shirt 3 days ago?”
“My hair is a wreck, I can’t believe I’m leaving the house this way!”
Do any of these sound familiar?? Questions like these and a million others may flood your mind every day, but let me ask you one thing:
Do you even notice what someone else wore three days ago? Do you ever look at another woman and wonder how she left the house with her hair like that?
The answer is likely no. But I bet you DO notice if the woman with perfect hair and a gorgeous smile treated you bad. And I bet you do notice when someone dressed to kill in designer clothes hurts your feelings. You don’t notice what they wear or how they look, but you notice how their spirit made you feel.
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.
1 Peter 3:3-4
God tells us in His Word what’s important.
And it’s not what we wear or how we look.
It’s our heart.
It’s how we treat others.
It’s how we show love, kindness and compassion.
It’s how we are available when someone needs us.
It’s sharing God’s truth when someone needs to hear it.
These are the things that define beauty. In Proverbs 31:25, the woman described clothes herself with strength and dignity. Strength comes from her faith in Jesus Christ, and dignity comes from living a life honoring God.
It’s easy to get caught up in physical beauty, and it’s actually difficult to not care what others think of us. But just remember that the beauty that others notice has nothing to do with the clothes that you wear or how you style your hair. It’s the woman God created you to be, and the heart that you put out in the world. That is what they will remember when they think of you.
So next time you catch yourself in the mirror wondering if you are fit to face the world, instead of focusing on the fine lines, crooked smile, lumps and bumps or old clothes, focus instead on the true Godly beauty you radiate. How can you make THAT more beautiful with each and every personal interaction you have each day?
How you live matters and it affects everyone around you. So when you look in the mirror, ask yourself “am I living a life of beauty?”
That alone will change how everyone sees you everywhere you go ♥️
Do you know someone who could use this reminder? Forward this post to her with a little note that you think she’s beautiful.