There are many instances in life where we put a great emphasis on physical
beauty. We judge ourselves and others based upon how we look instead of
looking deeper within someone's heart and judging them based on their
character and personality. What we must remember is that beauty does not
define a person. I've met many “beautiful” people in my life and some of
them were the “ugliest” people on the inside that I had ever met. Looks
will not impress for long because beauty fades, but the depth of love, care
and compassion that comes from one's heart is beauty that lasts forever.
No matter how one looks physically, if they are beautiful on the inside
than that beauty will shine all the way through to their exterior as well.
We should never dismiss someone simply because they don't look a certain
way. It doesn't matter if they're tall, short, skinny or heavyset. It
doesn't matter if they're light skinned or dark skinned. It doesn't matter
if their eyes are blue, green, brown or black. It doesn't matter if
their nose is too big or too small, if they're big chinned or no chinned.
Someone's physical appearance doesn't necessarily mean that they are more
than or less than any other person and if we judge others based solely on
their beauty or lack thereof, we will be missing out on some pretty
spectacular relationships so let us look deeper within one's heart and see
their true beauty. Let us not be vain and superficial only focusing on
the surface. By focusing deeper into one's heart, we will see a lasting
beauty and we will build a lasting relationship.
Be encouraged to take this message to heart and re-examine how you
interact with others. You may be missing out on a special friendship or
relationship because you have dismissed someone in times past because they
didn't look a certain way or they didn't have your “preference”. I
encourage you again to be more open to others and allow special friendships
to be formed. You will be enriching your own life in ways that you can't
imagine and you will build relationships that will last a lifetime. You
will be proud of yourself for looking deeper into one's heart and seeing
their true and lasting beauty.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to not focus so much
on one's physical appearance because their inside is much more valuable and
much more precious than your eyes can see.
BEAUTY IS SOUL DEEP
Abraham Lincoln loved to tell stories on himself. One of his favorites
concerned itself with physical appearance.
In the days when Lincoln used to be on the circuit (traveling on horseback
from one county court to another), he was once approached by a stranger who
said, “Excuse me, sir, but I have an article which belongs to you.”
“How is that?” Lincoln asked in astonishment.
The stranger took a jack-knife from his pocket. “This knife,” he said “was
placed in my hand some years ago, with the injunction that I was to keep
it until I found a man homelier-looking than I am myself. I have carried
that knife for many years. Now I pass it on to you.”
Lincoln added wryly, “I've carried that knife ever since.”
One of Lincoln's greatest assets was his ability to laugh at himself. And
he frequently laughed at his physical appearance. But history does not
remember him as an “ugly” individual -- in fact, often just the opposite.
His outer appearance was clothed in magnificently beautiful garments:
character, honesty, humor and courage. But there are other clothes he wore
equally well -- such as humility and forgiveness.
We say that beauty is skin deep. But it isn't really. It has very little
to do with the skin. True beauty is soul deep. It is a fabric that is
woven in the soul and worn in plain view.
The Bible speaks of something similar. It teaches us to clothe ourselves
with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Then “over
all of these put on love, which binds them in perfect unity.” Regardless
of how good looking we may otherwise be, it is these clothes that will
determine our actual beauty.
This was taught to me by a woman who used to think that if she were granted
only one wish, it would be to be beautiful. She saw her wheel-chair
dependent body as unsightly and, therefore, she missed her more attractive
assets. But when she was finally convinced of some of her beautiful
personality traits by her friends, she came to a different point of view.
Today she says, “Now I know I AM beautiful. Very beautiful.”
Beauty is soul deep. Learn that and you may realize that you are far more
attractive than you ever imagined!
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:18-21 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out
fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in
love. We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God,
and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother
whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this
commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
1 Peter 5:5-7 “...Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed
with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty Hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things
are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these
things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard,
and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: TRUE LOVE AND PEACE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem177.htm
Today's Selected Testimony: THE DAY THE ANGELS REJOICED
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony133.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry