Drinking Deeply

Monday, December 01, 2008 at 7:17 PM

True beauty

I was asked the other day which movie star I thought was hot. I didn't like the question, and I didn't like my answer. I wish I could have said something like this -

The problem with today's culture is that we value the superficial and the fading qualities. This person is "hot" because they had the right amount of surgery and enough people working on their faces along with just the right amount of clothing (or to be more specific, the right "lack" of clothing).

That's not true beauty at all. The Bible says that a beautiful woman without discretion is like a gold ring in a swine's snout.

True beauty is a mother whose husband dies right after their second child and she raises faithfully two children in the fear of the Lord, taking on extra jobs and working hard to teach them all the while being active in the church community, never being a burden upon others but always giving so that now when holiday seasons roll around, there are so many family friends that there is not enough time for their children to see them all. She is graying and has a face worn from faithful labor and cheerful smiles. Her genuine love for the saints makes those around her want to call her "Mom" after only knowing her for a few hours.

True beauty is the mother who remains faithful to the man who has completely wrecked their marriage in his blindness and self-deception. She continues to take care of the child who is still at home and prays for reconciliation, even though by all worldly accounts there is no hope left, everything has failed. She has set her hope on the God who hears, rather than a world who lies.

True beauty is the mother who, after battling cancer for years and losing her hair, fell in love with the Lord and now spends her days in worship and prayer, opening up her house to her children's friends so they can have Bible study sleepovers, late night jam sessions, and prayer meetings. She feeds them, clothes them, and encourages them in the Lord. Even though her children had been Christians for years before her, she prays for them and loves them and has left testimony after testimony of the love of God in their lives.

True beauty is the mother who raised 5 children by herself after her husband left her for the world. She spends her days passing on years and years of wisdom to the generations that are to follow.

True beauty is the woman who loves the Lord and serves Him in ministries where there are no other single men around, even though all her peers are spending their free time getting involved in the young adult (singles) group. Out of a love for the Lord and a desire to further His Kingdom, she prays faithfully with an old couple 2 or 3 times her age on Sunday morning.

True beauty is a mother who decides that her children and their peers at college need lots of prayer, and organizes a monthly prayer group to be praying for them. She takes seriously Paul's charge that parents save up for their children in 2 Corinthians 12:14 and has sought to be a bridge between the younger generation and the older generation, even though, for the most part, the young adults couldn't care less and the older generation resents her for trying to give the younger generation a voice.

True beauty is not found in the latest actress or supermodel. True beauty is not found in the newspapers or tabloids. No one publishes biographies on those with true beauty, no one writes memoirs about them, sings songs about them, or tracks their daily activities.

What is disdained by the world is treasured by the Lord.

1 Peter 3:4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.


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