“People aren’t as beautiful as they look, as they walk or as they talk. They are only as beautiful as they love, as they care as they share.” -Unknown
This morning as I sat in the quiet enjoying the sound of heavy rain pounding on my roof (finally!)…
I was thinking about how we get flooded with ads, commercials, etc. that focus solely on what’s on the outside. Makeup, skincare, clothes, perfume, shoes…and it goes on and on. This world wants women (and men, too) to focus on a standard of beauty that is completely fabricated and superficial.
But I’m determined as a woman, a living sacrifice, a temple of the Most High God to live focused more on the inside than the outside. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself. But I think it’s a waste to be beautiful on the outside and ugly within. There’s something wrong with obsessing over the outside and never taking time to let God work on the inside. And if I’m being honest, when people look at me, I really don’t want them to see me at all. I want them to see Jesus. 2019 has been a long, hard year so far for me. And while I think I keep a good balance of focus on my spiritual health, this year God has pressed farther into my heart, and shined light on some things I hadn’t noticed. I had been living life striving to be nice and loving to everyone, but myself. And that’s because I had some people pleasing tendencies. And while it seems that might be off topic of this post, it really is not. Because people are only as beautiful as they love, care, share.. Dying to your wishes and trying to please everyone isn’t beautiful, and it’s really not living your truth. Loving others means being completely honest about how you feel and what you want to do….
If you are spending a lot of time on looking put together, pleasing everyone, exhausted. Then are you really walking beautifully?
Let’s live a balanced life. Let’s say no when we need to, and let’s stop trying to please everyone.
God’s word asks us in Galatians, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
People pleasing doesn’t serve God. In fact, it does the opposite. We are called to please God.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your Word. Thank you for helping us prioritize what matters most to You. Help us walk beautifully, in Your Truth, in Your Love. Help us speak our truth in love. Help us surrender to the work you want to do within the corners of our hearts. Help us focus on hearts not outward appearance. Help us focus on what you call beautiful.
In Jesus Name,