Sunday, December 6, 2020
by Betty Anderson
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment… it should be… the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit….” ~ I Peter 3:3-4
One frosty morning when driving in from the country, I looked in amazement at the weeds along side the road. They had been magically transformed overnight by the frosty air and were creatures of beauty – nothing like the ugly, pesky weeds they really were.
In high school, I remember a truly beautiful-faced, blonde student who was nothing like she looked. Her thoughts were mindless, her intelligence quotient very low, and she was certainly not someone you even wanted to talk to.
In like manner, a lady I thought was a real “weed” has matured, raised a great family, and becomes lovelier with each passing year. She has God in her heart, which has transformed her into a really beautiful lady.
Who would believe a tiny baby, soon to be born in Bethlehem in a stable, of all places, was God’s Son, destined to be our Savior? All this brings me to the realization that we need to not judge anyone by looks or clothes alone, as true beauty lies within the heart of a person. Although we are attracted by outward appearances, let us never forget it is the inward beauty that really matters.
Dear Lord, Keep me ever open to others, that their inner beauty, when God is in their hearts, will outshine outward appearances.