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Beauty is as Beauty Does


I discovered something lovely about Jesus in the midst of preparing a talk last year.  Jesus only used the word “beautiful” twice.  Once with regard to the Pharisees:

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”

And once with regard to the woman who poured expensive perfume on His feet:

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.”

Did you catch that it was her behavior that Jesus called beautiful?

“She has done a beautiful thing to me.”  I hope you remember that, dear sister, the next time you look in the mirror and fret; the next time you get caught in the rain and your hairdo is ruined seconds before you have to stand before an audience and speak; the next time you are tempted to drop your entire paycheck at Ulta.

When my daughter was a teen, I used to remind her to spend at least as much time sitting before God as she did standing before her mirror.  Today she is a lovely young woman both inside and out.

So get up, get dressed and go do something beautiful.

“How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news.”


7 thoughts on “Beauty is as Beauty Does

  1. Alma Mater says:

    I love this! I am planning to post a conversation I had with my 3-year-old daughter about beauty. I realized that my husband and I call her beautiful quite often, and I wanted to be sure that she knows what true beauty is, rather than focusing on her appearance. So I sat down and asked her what beautiful means. “Love,” She told me. “Joyful. Smiling. Good. Being kind. Getting dressed up.” Wow! I thought. I don’t need to teach her this, she has it already.

    There, now, you won’t have to read my post! 🙂

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