Truths We Love: Proverbs 31:30
We love this post from Annabel, who encourages us to think about our 'inner' beauty regimes and see ourselves as our heavenly Father does. Some great truths to start the week off with. MP Team x
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.
As a teenage girl I think when we see magazines, films, or adverts, we are put under pressure about how we ‘should’ look or what we ‘should wear’.
In Matthew here it is talking about how these worldly, idolised things don’t matter, what really matters is what is in our hearts, how God sees us. This does not mean that we cannot take care about what we wear and how we look but it gives us some perspective, as we shouldn’t put them above God.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Every girl wants to be pretty. She wants to look in the mirror and see a beautiful face staring back at her. Problem is, we worry too much about what we look like. When we get older our faces will wrinkle and our bodies will look different. This doesn’t mean we are not pretty! God created us in his image, and he thinks every woman is beautiful no matter what they look like on the outside.
We need to start thinking more about how we look like on the inside. Do we have pure hearts? Nice attitudes? Kind things to say to others? These are the things that make us ‘beautiful.’ God gives us wisdom to fight off any bitterness or anger that life events may cause us to feel, and that risk robbing us of the ability to stay ‘beautiful’.
This is easier said than done, because life is tough. The best advice I’ve learned is to take the time to read and pray every day. All too often, it’s easy to make excuses in our busy world, however, taking time to be with God maintains perspective and inner beauty more than anything else!
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
I go to school in Cambridge and am in the first year of my GCSE’s. I enjoy being a member of Christ Church where I love meeting with Christian friends and being encouraged in my Christian life.
1. How are you balancing an outer beauty regime of looking after the body God has gifted you and an inner beauty regime to keep your heart looking beautiful? Do you think you have the balance right?
2. Consider the different ways in which we all try to conform to our cultures standard of ‘beauty’ – how does this make you feel?
3. When you look in the mirror, are you looking simply at yourself or for yourself? Try and imagine what God sees when he looks (remember that you are his very own handiwork!)
4. Finding your clothing choices challenging? Check out this previous More Precious post.
5. If you haven’t already, read the book of Esther. Although put on a pedestal for her beauty, which took her from being a nobody to a queen, Esther sought to be beautiful when it mattered most. Don’t seek the beauty that puts you in the limelight but seek situation where you can act boldly and beautifully for the sake of others; these are the moments when you will be truly your most beautiful.
Lord, thank you that when you look at me you see real and deep beauty. Thank you that I am made in your beautiful image and that this doesn’t change even when I don’t think or feel beautiful. Help me to get perspective on what it means to be beautiful by spending time in your presence. Please continue to make my heart look more beautiful every day.