Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Beauty that Goes Unseen

We've all seen the beauty in the world. It's thrust in front of us with every moment of our days. We are exposed to what the world views; what todays culture demands as beauty. We see it on TV, in commercials, on shows, in magazines, read about it in books, hear about it in music and we just agree with whatever they show us.

We are no longer unique but just carbon copies of what we think beauty is. Our focus is on how to appear beautiful on the outside so we dye our hair, use color contacts, wear clothes that are deemed fashionable or even surgically enhance ourselves. We see someone else's creation on the cover of a magazine or acting in a movie, we don't realize that that's not who these people really are.

So what do we do? We as real people try to find our place. We try to be noticed. Who do we want to notice us? Boys, or men as the case may be. We dress up ourselves, do our hair and flaunt our "assets." We turn to things like drinking or drugs or Girls Gone Wild to break us out of our shells so someone, anyone will notice us.

Through all of these things we lose the identity of ourselves. We become so coated in the worlds idea of cool and beautiful that we forget who we are and we become empty. In that emptiness we make choices that shape who we are. Are we filling ourselves with the beauty of the world? Some people fill their emptiness by sharing their bed, some by drinking, others by drugs, some with food, or the lack of eating as well. Are we trying to show the world that we think it's ok to do these things? Is that what we're all about? Is there more to life than this beauty?

I think there is. When we focus so much on what the world wants us to be we forget to be who we truly are. We forget to be who we are in the eyes of God. Who wants to just be another face in the crowd when you can stand out because people notice that there is something different in you? Someone whose heart and mind reflect something deeper?

God is what can fill up what is missing in your life. God shows you who you could be. God loves you for who you are, not what you appear to be. God made you and from the beginning you were already beautiful.

God does not want us to focus on the outside but instead on our heart and mind. He desires us to have true character.
"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or on his height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'"
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV

At the end of the day looks will fade. There will be a day when youth will be gone and beauty will cease on your body. If outside beauty is all you have you will be chasing it all your life. You will always be seeking but never having. If you focus on God and the inside, who you are as a person, you will be the one with the beauty that is unseen. You will know that you are loved for exactly who you are.