Our world is obsessed with beauty. Fashion. Makeup. Hairstyles. Botox. Plastic surgery. Gyms. Nail salons. Tanning beds. Diets. This list could go on. The world tries to tell us what beauty is, and, sadly, a lot of times, we listen and buy into the lies. One thing the world doesn’t tell you though, is that its definition of “beauty” is constantly changing. Things go out of style, and others come in. This can be so exhausting.
In this world of fake beauty and joyless grabs for happiness, God is desperately trying to whisper to us what true, everlasting beauty and happiness looks like. Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Right there. “WONDERFUL are your works.” WE are God’s “works” and God made us wonderfully! Don’t you think it must hurt God when we say, “I hate my body” or “Why can’t I look like her?” How does God feel when we tell him that we don’t like His creation and don’t think it is beautiful enough? The truth is, God HAS NOT and NEVER WILL create anything that is ugly.
There will always be things about ourselves that we don’t like. I, for one, wish I was taller, thinner, had thicker hair, and even more. Let me propose a question: Does it even matter to God what we look like? 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’”
If we want to be beautiful in the eyes of God, don’t you think we need to stop focusing so much on our outer appearance and start focusing more on our heart and our spirit? 1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
As I was writing this article, I kept thinking about this question, “When am I the most happy?” Is it when I have a really cute outfit on and get lots of compliments from my friends? Is it when I spend hours in front of the mirror, making sure every hair is in place and my make up looks perfect?
Or is it when I’m out serving others: teaching a 3 year olds bible class, buying a meal for someone who doesn’t have much money, writing a sweet letter to someone I love, or helping my mom clean the house when she didn’t ask me to?
The truth is, when you truly fall in love with Jesus Christ, and when you live like He lived, serving others, Jesus plants a joy inside your soul that is brighter than any other piece of happiness you could ever find anywhere else. One truth we all know is that external beauty fades. We get older. Our appearance is constantly changing and we will wear out. However, our spirits will always remain alive, and if we work to make our spirits beautiful and holy in the sight of God, we will have eternal joy that will never fade or wear out. Did you ever notice that the second “Fruits of the Spirit” is JOY? Joy is a side effect of Jesus Christ living in you. This joy doesn’t go away on a bad hair day or on a day when you couldn’t find anything cute to wear.
This joy, the joy we get from Jesus Christ, won’t ever fail or fade.
This joy is everlasting.
And isn’t that what we all want?
Now you know the secret.
Whitney Pirtle grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and is currently a Junior at Freed-Hardeman University. She is a biology major, loves doing photography, and loves the fall. Her favorite verse is Romans 8:28. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."