There is beauty everywhere, but so often we look through the eyes of the world, and we simply miss it...or maybe dismiss this beauty because it does not seem to hold up to the standards that our society has created. But what if we take the words of Romans 12: 1-2 seriously and we get serious about not conforming to the patterns of this world, but instead, we let our minds be transformed by the Spirit. What if we allow God to bend and mold us, what if we allow Him to touch our eyes so that we might see again in new light, what if we prepare our hearts to be astounded by what He has created? What if we become astounded by ourselves, not with a sense of selfish pride, but with heartbeats of gratitude? What if we let God's Word lavish our souls with wonder and amazement? What if we believe Him when He tells us that we are beautiful and that we are His?
Lynn Cowell, from Proverbs 31 Ministries, shares with us today from her newest book...
“Has anyone ever seen anything like this – dawn-fresh, moon-lovely, sun-radiant, ravishing as the night sky with its galaxies of stars?” Song of Solomon 6:10 The Message
Have you ever heard of someone choosing his wife when he’s in sixth grade? Crazy, I know! That’s exactly what Greg did! He saw a girl singing a solo in church and wrote in his Bible, “I, Greg, will marry her – to be stopped by nobody!” If only he had known…she didn’t even know his name!
Sounds like the beginning of a long romance, right? Not! Greg found her number. Called a few times. After a bit, the crush burned out…for him. Not for her. Why? She didn’t even really know him! But she had wanted to be wanted, and he at one point wanted her. You know, it didn’t even have to be Greg. She just wanted to be wanted again.
That girl was me, and that crushed crushed me. I asked myself, “What’s wrong with me? My body – my flat chest? My personality or faith?” Whatever it was, I felt ruined.
Have you ever been on the wrong end of a love equation? Guy + Me = Value?
The fact was, and still is, there was nothing wrong with me. There is nothing wrong with you.
Jesus tells me I am beautiful…every part of me. Maybe at that time I wasn’t Greg’s type. But in Song of Solomon, a book that is often used as a metaphor for God’s love for us, we read these words: “The feelings I get when I see the high mountain ranges…remind me of you, and I’m spoiled for anyone else! Your beauty, within and without, is absolute, dear lover, close companion.” (7:5,6 The Message). Jesus loves my outsides and insides! (Sounds like Greg was the one missing out!)
Don’t let any guy define you. Don’t let his rejection or acceptance determine whether or not you think you are beautiful. The Perfect Love says you are absolutely beautiful; listen closely to that truth.
Jesus, you and your love are all I want to define me. Amen
Start the Revolution: look in the mirror and say: “Jesus thinks I’m beautiful!”
Taken from “Devotions for a Revolutionary Year: 365 Days of Jesus Radical Love for You” by Lynn Cowell; Standard Publishing; 2012
Hyperlinks: Book: http://www.lynncowell.com/books/
Lynn Cowell: www.LynnCowell.com