I don’t get the opportunity to fly much, but when I do I love sitting in the window seat. Gazing out the small window engulfed with God’s beautiful creation below allows me to see other truths in my life from a different perspective. As our plane soared across the sky, my thoughts drifted to a recent stay in Salt Lake City.
I had the privilege of meeting several new friends there. I think it’s safe to say we’ve all been told by someone, we remind them of someone they know. In a brief conversation, one kindly said I reminded her of someone she knows. Come to think of it, several ladies said the same! All but one compared me to the same person. Recognizing who they were referring to, it made sense. We do resemble each other, or at least our haircuts do. I love this girl’s hairstyle and told my sister, a hairstylist, to mimic mine after hers. It felt good to confirm that my haircut was on the right track!
A little while later, this lady popped up over my shoulder, pointing to a photo on her phone. “That’s her, the lady you reminded me of.” I smiled looking at the photo, nodding my head while thinking I looked nothing like her.
With our flight well on its way to Phoenix, I began to recall the words she used to describe us. She compared a warm, sincere quality about us, permeating the love of Christ, a gentleness in our nature, and the ability to give Godly advice sprinkled with encouragement. I realized her kind words described our character, not our countenance.
When people tell us we remind them of someone else, often our first inclination is to think of being similar in appearance, rather than essence. This sweet new friend reminded me of the truth that God looks at the heart to determine a person’s beauty. The lovelier they are on the inside, the more attributes they possess that produce the fruits of the spirit, leaving everyone to smell the sweet aroma.
I am reminded of this passage of Scripture in first Peter:
1 Peter 3: 3- 4
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
Hairstyles and fashion trends come and go, but inner beauty remains. Peter wasn’t saying we shouldn’t care how we look. Warren Wiersbe says in his commentary to this scripture passage, “We are not of this world, but we must not look as though we came from out of this world!”
It’s fine to want to look our best, but our attention to glamour must not exceed our devotion to God. It’s nice when people compare you to someone you feel has an attractive appearance. We want to feel beautiful and for others to think we are too. Though our outward appearance can make us attractive, it’s a Christ-like character that makes us captivating, leaving a lasting impression of Christ’s handprint on our lives.
We only have one body and God wants us to care for it! For those who belong to Him, our bodies are a holy temple. Instead of focusing on accessories which can be taken on and off, let’s focus on our skin and health, which are the mainstays of our bodies.
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Exercising, eating right, drinking lots of water, and having a good skincare regimen are the keys to preserving what God has given us. By doing all of these, we will enhance our outer beauty. And, likewise, getting God’s word in our hearts, applying it in our lives, and exercising our faith will enhance our inner beauty. Perhaps, the most precious compliment to us, and to God, is to hear that our outer beauty matches our inner beauty, radiating the love of Christ!
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