“But let it be the Inward adorning and beauty of the Hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:4 AMP)
The Message Bible says it like this: “…What matters is not your outer appearance – the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes – but your Inner disposition. Cultivate Inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way…true daughters of Sarah…unanxious and unintimidated” (1 Peter 3:1-6 MSG).
A lady was applying face cream when her little girl asked, “What’s that you’re putting on, Mom?” “Moisturizer,” she replied. “The saleslady said it would make me beautiful.” With an honesty only children have, she replied, “Mom, I don’t think it’s working.”
Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with looking good, but there’s much more to you than your clothes and your hairstyle.
Not to mention you can go broke fixing up the outside, because truth is: “what Mother Nature giveth, Father Time taketh away!”
Ralph Waldo Emerson I believe said it best: “To find beauty we must carry it with us.”
Sisters, it’s a big mistake to focus on the outside and fail to appreciate the Innerqualities God’s given you.
Solomon even went so far as to say, “Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!” (Proverbs 31:30 AMP).
Women of God, when God made you He didn’t just decorate the outside, He gave you “…Inner beauty, gentle, gracious…the kind…God delights in”. So before you go to buy another pair of pretty pants, sexy shirt, cute shoes, or wonderful wig&helliplease save yourself a little money and realize that your most beautiful asset can’t be purchased, it’s simply produced from within!
However, I must say that because Peter also talked about “…fancy hair, gold jewelry…fine clothes…” (NCV), a few well-intentioned people have used that to create a legalistic standard by which to measure and judge others. Caution: Whether someone has on the top of the line or the lowest at the clearance rack, please know that doesn’t define them or their worth or value in any way! Therefore, I admonish you to be very careful about your pre-judgments based solely on what a person is wearing! Believe it or not, life's situations can change in an instant!
I’ll give you an example: I was headed out to lunch one day and noticed a man in a nice 2-piece suit, clean shaven, nice watch, shoes and briefcase…however, he was sitting on the ground with his back pressed against the bench. Nosey me (as my family would say) I asked him if he was ok? He said “no, I went from a six-figure income to nothing…literally overnight” “ My wife took the children and left and went to her parents as soon as I told her.” “I have no idea what I’m going to do, I wasn’t prepared for this.” “She’s always wanted the best of the best, and I provided that, but foolishly didn’t save money for a rainy day” “How do you go from six-figures to trying to figure out how to get six bucks for lunch?”
My heart broke. I told him I would be right back. I went to get us both some lunch and coffee, called and told my boss I had an emergency and needed an extended lunch.
I had the opportunity to talk with Peter Danielson and share lunch and the love of Christ at the same time.
Peter is now doing well (and we remain in touch), his family is struggling, but still intact and he now works at the Marriot hotel for far less than he was accustomed to making, but he’s happier still.
I share this story, because with all Peter materially possessed that made him feel like “somebody”, unfortunately, when he lost his appearance, he also lost everything else including self-worth, value and confidence. But you may ask, what made me buy Peter lunch? One short statement he made, “How do you go from six-figures to trying to figure out how to get six bucks for lunch?” (I don't care how cute or financially comfortable you may be today, you never know the changes one da