BEING BEAUTIFUL??

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I struggle with two major things in my life. I tend to compare myself to others and then I judge myself accordingly…I’m never the winner at the end of a comparison and my judgement is harsh! “I’m not good enough,” is what it boils down to.

Thoughts like these one’s come up…Other woman are prettier and look better on their well posed and edited photos on social media. They have  bodies that’s in-shape and fit, no cellulite, a nose that’s not too big or too small, smooth skin. In want that one’s legs, why can’t my hair and make-up look like that! …and the list goes on and on.

This mindset inhibits personal growth, because I can’t see my own value and worth -so how do I want others to see it if I can’t?

The question I had to ask myself was, “is this true beauty?”

Is this kind of beauty not just the packaging? And yes, it’s nice to receive a package that looks attractive. But what if you open a package that’s packaged in the most beautiful way – bows, ribbons, glitter – everything you need to really catch the eye. When you open  it… there’s only a pair of plain socks inside – or whatever item you think will be a disappointment.

What was the purpose of the beautiful packaging then? Just to deceive you?

I would rather get a package wrapped in old newspaper, but when you open it, it’s a valuable, beautiful package/gift on the inside. And you?

That’s the difference between the way the world sees beauty and how God sees beauty. Because, make no mistake, one day the “packaging” will be torn off and the “package” the inside, will be revealed before God. What will He see? Did you put all your effort in to decorate the outside or did you make the inside worth while?

I’m not saying we should neglect ourselves and not care about our bodies. Your body is a temple of God. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of you body, but we shouldn’t spend all of our time and effort only on the outside and envy others because they look prettier, are skinnier, have expensive clothes and gets more “likes” on social media. We should work on our insides. When God looks at my heart I would like Him to see a caring and giving heart. I would like the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23) to be intertwined in my innermost being. I would love my life to look more and more like Jesus’s life looked on Earth.

Just as we are not supposed to be vain and show off our looks,  we should also not proclaim our beautiful insides to the world! The Bible says your one hand shouldn’t know what your other hand does. If you’re kind to someone or help someone, we shouldn’t tell everyone about it like the pharisees did. Keep it to yourself and know that God – who is the One who matters – will see it and will be pleased.

People with a beautiful inside will in any case shine so brightly, people will notice you. Not for your worldly beauty, but see something different in you and be drawn to that beauty.

So let’s stop focusing on “worldly beauty” and let’s work on having “true beauty” – the kind of beauty that really matters and can make a lasting difference.

 

Hope you’ll have a blessed and beautiful day 🙂

xoxo

J

LIFE’S A MYSTERY

Devotional

Life is a mystery..

How do we see life?  How do we see the obstacles and opportunities?  Do we see things that happen in our life in a negative way?  Are we without patience and we want to know what’s ahead, our future, the next step… and it’s more about the end goal than the journey?  “If we could just know what the economy will do, what the weather will be like, what career to choose, field of study” etc….

I heard a 9 year old boy pray the other day and it was so beautiful to hear his outlook on life.  While praying he thanked God that life is a mystery!..and this got me thinking.  The picture of a treasure chest came to mind.  Our lives are like a chest full of unopened “treasures” and it’s an exiting journey – a treasure hunt – to unlock the different “treasures.”  And yes, the “treasure” at the end of the journey is awesome, the bonus, a blessing, BUT the journey should be just as exciting.  Think of your childhood and all of the Easter egg hunts or other activities/games where you had to follow clues and solve problems and “hunt” the end prize.  The prize was very exciting but the “hunt” was where the real excitement took place.

Is this not the way we should approach our lives as well?  Enjoy every step and obstacle, solve the problems with excitement because you know at the end there will be a blessing if you persevere in the journey.  Whether it is to make a big life choice or the little things in life.

I think it’s time we get our childlike faith and wide-eyed-excitement back regarding life. To see problems as opportunities and look for creative solutions instead of more problems and to stop complaining too easily but rather be thankful for all the blessings which we have already “unlocked”.  Change our daily mindset and see the beauty in life again.  Try something new every now and then because you never know if you have a hidden talent or interest.  Stop caring so much what the world think about you and the little box they want to place you in and start standing up for who you are!!!

Remember, you are more than you think you are.  God designed you and your journey – and yes, sometimes we miss a clue or misinterpret the “treasure map” and end up on a different road but if you ask for Godly direction again, you will still reach the finish line. It will maybe just take a bit longer and you might pick up a few more bumps and bruises along the way.

So lets all thank God today that life’s a mystery and that we have the opportunity to solve the puzzle or find the “treasure!”

Lots of love
J