Beauty Starts From Within
but Spiritual exercise is much more important,
for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.
1 Timothy 4:8
Outer beauty is only skin deep.
Some people are outwardly very beautiful,
but the inner person can sometimes be very ugly.
A beautiful face without a beautiful heart is like a
beautifully wrapped empty box...
there is nothing inside, but cold, dark, emptiness.
external beauty is only a part of the whole package, and
without a beautiful heart and spirit, the external beauty
means very little.
Inner beauty comes from growth of consciousness,
and the inner light radiates from the inside out.
illusion. Outer beauty can be used to gain instant and
temporary gratification in the physical realm, but inner
beauty enables the person who possesses
it to enjoy permanent contentment in the physical,
mental, and spiritual realms.
but God critiques the heart.
What most people can agree on is that
and superficial images
are creating the worst possible definition of real beauty.
Over glamorization, especially since photo shop,
in media and entertainment
is leading to numerous
related to confidence and self-esteem issues.
Photoshopped To Fit
Today's Beauty Standards
Some have argued that attractiveness
is attributed solely to outward appearances;
however, looks can be very misleading.
Physical appearance alone is not the sole contributor
to the sum of real beauty.
We are so much more than what meets the eye.
The beauty looked at with eyes does not last forever.
The physical and material are nothing but illusions.
Society creates a beauty industry that is a size 4,
blonde, blue eyes, with olive skin.
The reality is... we are all sizes, shapes, and colors
and without a doubt... beauty is within every one of us.
Some have been programmed,
by the media, and the beauty industry,
that shallow, naturally impossible surface beauty
created by surgery, lighting, and photo-shop remodeling
is the beauty which we should strive for,
but the truth is...
surface beauty is an illusion,it is not real.
For both genders...
if external beauty is the substance of our relationships,
then better to let them go.
This is shallow, shallow, shallow.
There is usually so much more to a person and/or situation
than what we can see on the outside.
What we see... what is so obvious...
is not always what we're getting.
The person or situation could be more complex,
more interesting, or more meaningful
than it would appear at first glance.
The beauty looked at with eyes is temporal...
it does not last.
One's inner beauty
is what will keep the right one interested.
It would behoove us to read the whole book
and even then...
we might not know the whole story.
Real beauty goes beyond the physical and the material.
It is what is within our heart that radiates from us.
While our opinions are strongly influenced by one's occupation,
and social status, God never determines beauty
by social rank or life circumstances.
When we speak of the so-called beautiful people,
rarely do we mean those who are struggling to survive,
who make their living by menial jobs,
or who come from "The hood."
God never notices those things
when He considers beauty in people.
God sees great beauty in the soul
that trusts like Noah, yielding total control to God,
or like Moses, the man of meekness,
or like David, doing God's will,
and reverencing God, like Daniel.
Recognizing the qualities
God has cherished in the lives of other people
is one way to determine His concept of beauty.
While all these people were beautiful to God,
virtually nothing is known about their physical appearance.
It was not their physique or stateliness,
but their faith and service that made them beautiful.
It is what is within our hearts
that we project to the world as who we are.
There is usually so much more to a person
than what we can see on the outside.
It is also possible to be an unknown in society
and be radiantly beautiful in God's eyes.
perhaps for the rest of our lives
we will be unwilling to settle for less.
It's what's on the inside that counts!
God never uses one's outward physical appearance
to determine beauty.
When Samuel examined Jesse's sons
in search of the next king of Israel,
he was impressed with
God told Samuel:
"Do not consider his appearance or his height,
for I have rejected him."
God does not look at the
things man looks at.
"Man looks at the outward appearance,
but God looks at the heart."
(1 Samuel 16:7)
God looks upon the inner beauty,
the beauty of one's heart.
When we allow ourselves to see the true beauty of the world,
and the true beauty in the people around us,
we begin to feel the beauty and pure love in our hearts.
We need only allow ourselves to see the beauty around us,
and the process begins.
God uniquely and lovingly created each of us.
Everything that we truly desire... we already are.
It is up to us to turn within
and unveil the brilliance.
The real beauty secret is
when we are lit up from the inside.
Peter is not prohibiting nice clothes or nice hairstyles;
he is simply saying that a gentle and quiet spirit
is even more beautiful in God's eyes.
Our beauty really does come from within,
in order to let our Real Beauty shine.
we begin to blossom on the outside.
Our pure love that has grown within us...
this is what we radiate.
This illumination can transform our looks more effectively
than any worldly beauty makeover.
Each person is uniquely fashioned. We
don't have to ever be jealous of what others
have, because their assignment is
True power and potential is within each of us.
Understanding our uniqueness is a
It frees us to be who God created us to be!
There is more in each of us than we know.
We can live powerfully from our innermost selves.
True beauty starts from within.
As we allow the pure love and beauty to
radiate from within us, we begin to attract
pure love and beauty to us, which in turn
increases the pure love and beauty within us
and all around us.
May we begin to focus on the things that
really define our beauty.
Whenever we have a humble attitude in life,
the attitude of letting go of our pride, fear and desire,
we open ourselves to the inflow and output
of unselfish love and inner tranquility.
By remaining in this state of humility and unselfish love
we will thus remain in communion with our Inner Being.
instill the foundation of inner beauty.
As we completely realize our true power,
we will find ourselves actualizing our potential
and living life with more confidence.
We search "Out there" for the answers,
but the truth of the matter is...
we must look within.
we can work toward the light that glows from within.
May we always remember and never forget:
All of our true beauty is within us.
"The Kingdom of God is within us."