Beauty PageantIn the world we live in, looks are everything.  They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s exactly what most of us do.  It’s the flashy, shiny, brand new car that catches our eye in the parking lot.  We might form ideas about the inhabitants of the house down the street by the condition of the house.  They might ask the Miss America contestants to speak about their hopes for the world, but the thing most remember is the swimsuit competition. Solomon wrote, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).

Now don’t get me wrong.  It’s okay to take care of your physical body.  It’s not a bad thing to put a coat of paint on the old barn once in a while.  But beauty is, after all, only skin deep.

For those of us who are trying to “be beautiful”, pay attention.  Let your concerns go beyond what people see.  Take care with your heart.  Be sure to walk with God.  Cultivate a life of faithfulness.  Some of the people around you may only notice what’s on the outside of you, but God notices what’s on the inside.  The people that count in your life should also notice the inner you as well.

For those of us who are looking at what we call “beauty”, it might be time to rethink things.  Perhaps we ought to learn to treat others with the dignity of paying attention to what’s on their mind and what’s in their heart.  Look for what is truly “beautiful”.