“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” –Ecclesiastes 3:11
You are beautiful! Unlike any other person who has ever lived; you are uniquely designed to fulfill your mission in life. Original and yet created by the same manufacturer who authors life, you dazzle like a brand new car on a showroom floor. From your head to your toes, every part of you is a walking, breathing, beautiful miracle.
What exactly is beautiful?
According to Mr. Webster, something or someone appears beautiful when another’s senses find it pleasing. Interestingly, our senses are often persuaded by cultural conditioning.
(Please see the media link for the virtuoso, Joshua Bell’s, psychological experiment that reinforces this point. He played for 45 minutes on a 3.5 million dollar violin. Currently, tickets to hear him in New York range from $100 to $500 a seat.)
Can you see beauty when others don’t? Can you hear it even if no one else does?
We live in a self-conscious society that measures beauty through the media’s lens. Television persuades us to believe that beauty looks, sounds, and acts a certain way. Manipulated by those who want to sell the image of beauty as a lie, we are conditioned to believe that beauty is something that we purchase, something that we don’t have and can never get enough. Advertisements teach that beauty is in a moisturizing lotion, a new wardrobe, a shampoo or conditioner. In other words, and to contribute to our commercialized society, it only exists if we pay for it. As soon as we reach the pinnacle of beauty, whatever that may be at the moment, the definition changes; we are left searching for that new product that will make us beautiful once more. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. We are already beautiful without the marketing, without the products.
Isn’t it wonderful that we can see ourselves as God sees us — “in His image!”
Our bodies are the temple of God, and we are instructed to take care of them. It is important that we eat nourishing foods and get plenty of exercise and rest. The Lord desires that we live a healthy lifestyle. However, chasing the wind of beauty brings healthy living to an unhealthy level. The pursuit of beauty can become an idol if we let it. Instead of trusting that God made us beautiful, we may look for superficial attempts to fix that which isn’t broken. As we continue on our purposeful journeys, we must be cautious that we do not get sidetracked by “chasing the wind of beauty” as the Bible warns. We must see ourselves as God sees us, perfectly, beautiful treasures.