Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Beauty

The word for today
29 Nov 2010
Character - The Beauty That Lasts
...clothe yourselves...with the beauty that comes from within... 1 Peter 3:4
When it comes to beauty, get your perspective right: 'Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes...clothe yourselves...with the beauty that comes from within...' (1 Peter 3:3-4 NLT). The public relations department of a beauty products company asked its customers to send pictures along with brief letters, describing the most beautiful women they knew. Thousands of letters came in. One caught the attention of the employees and was passed on to the president. It was written by a boy from a broken home who lived in a run-down neighbourhood. With lots of spelling errors, an excerpt from his letter read: 'A beautiful woman lives down the street from me. I visit her every day. She makes me feel like the most important kid in the world. We play checkers and she listens to my problems. She understands me. When I leave she always yells out the door that she's proud of me.' The boy ended his letter saying, 'This picture shows you that she is the most beautiful woman in the world, and one day I hope to have a wife as pretty as her.' Intrigued, the president asked to see the woman's picture. His secretary handed him a photograph of a smiling, toothless woman, well advanced in years, sitting in a wheelchair. Sparse grey hair was pulled back in a bun. The wrinkles that formed deep furrows on her face were somehow diminished by the twinkle in her eyes. 'We can't use this woman,' said the president, smiling. 'She would show the world that our products aren't necessary to be beautiful.'
Beauty. Just today I was sitting at the edge of my bed thinking of just that.... In the silence of my heart I ache to be beautiful by my own standards, not by the standards of God. There's a long list of things I desire from a flat tummy, to well muscled legs and arms, solid muscular booty, a narrow waist, well rounded hips, a smaller face without a double chin and perfect hairless skin! =) I don't desire to be skinny, but curvy, thick and delicious. I desire to be not different, but normal in a Marcy kinda way. I was semi saddened when I realized that my ways are not his ways. My thoughts are not his thoughts. I sat for a second or two more then instantly moved the thoughts from my mind and started moving.

I went about my day. Busy. Keeping myself moving and not allowing a moment to sit in silence to see what is really there. (Greed, bitterness, jealousy, confusion, laziness and apathy... they all reside within me.) The moment to ponder arrived when I sat before my computer to check email. Yet again God, in His infinite goodness, used the UCB word for the day to shed some light on my heart and draw me to him.

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