I was just telling this to a friend the other day, and I wanted to write it down. So, dear blog that very few read (if any), I will write it down on you, for you are my space on the internet to do such things.
My mother is a beautiful person. She is beautiful to look at, but that is not what I mean when I say she's beautiful. That's kind of a side-note. What makes my mother beautiful is not her looks; my mom shines with the brightness of a beautiful heart. And well - When people tell me that I look like her, I am flattered... But when people tell me that I *am* like her, that is a compliment that my heart craves, and it is an honour. A dream come true. Because she *is* a beautiful person.
Perhaps you can relate to this: I find that the most beautiful people I know are thought of that way in my mind for their actions and their attitudes. My heart overflows with love for them, and I am so blessed to be around them, because they are just... well, beautiful people. Beautiful for who they are; not what they are.
I guess that's what Peter meant when he said, "...Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious," (1 Peter 3:4) and what Proverbs means when it says, "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." (Prov. 31:30)
I know many beautiful women, and I want to be like them. I want to have a heart so full of Jesus that when people look at me, they see Him. I want to have a heart that blesses the people around me by its love, kindness, joy, peace, patience, etc.
Perhaps beauty was designed by the Creator to be a picture of His grace living inside of people. True beauty shines from the inside out - It is what's inside of the package that matters, not the wrapping paper on the outside. The paper might look pretty, but it is not the substance of the gift within.
We are all meant to be beautiful. To every girl who desires this, I say (myself included)-- Beauty is a gift that's given to us from heaven, as long as we'll accept the person and work of Christ. You're not just meant to look it - You're meant to be it. Just like a princess, a daughter of the King of kings. You can be a person of whom, when you're wrinkled with age, others will think about and say - "She is very beautiful." Because true beauty never fades; and that which flows from your heart comes out in your actions. Actions that you can see on the outside- which do look very beautiful indeed.