Beauty From Within

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;
Planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
Proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no
wickedness in him.
—Psalm 92:12-15 NIV

Pause for a moment, before you read the following lines. Think of the most beautiful person you know. Do you have someone in mind?

Now, continue to read. If you are like most people who really think about it, you realized that beauty is more than physical appearance. You probably thought of someone who is beautiful, not so much for what they look like, but for who they are—what they do—what they stand for.

Still, we wonder, “How much money is spent each year by men and women alike in an effort to spruce themselves up—to make themselves beautiful?” The figure would likely to be staggering. It would probably dwarf the amount spent by the Christian community each year to care for the needy or share the Good News. It appears that people, generally speaking, want to be beautiful! Sadly, however, it seems that many do not understand the nature of real beauty.

What is more beautiful than a young child happily singing a spiritual song learned from a godly Bible class teacher? What is more beautiful than a family sitting down together for a meal, which has been lovingly prepared by a wife and mother (who, by the way, IS to her family the most beautiful woman in the world)? What is more beautiful than teenagers living godly lives, in spite of the fact that pressure from peers to do otherwise is incredible? What is more beautiful than a cup of cool water given in the name of Jesus? What is more beautiful than a hug around the neck or pat on the back, which is given to encourage a brother or sister in Christ? What is more beautiful than a family of Christians working together to serve those with special needs in their community? What is more beautiful than the feet of those who bring good news?

You see, there is a type of beauty that cannot be seen in a vanity mirror or through a camera lens. There is beauty that transcends even the most picturesque mountain scene imaginable. There is a kind of beauty that will endure when all other beauty has faded. It is real beauty! This beauty is not painted on the surface. Instead, it is the beauty of a life being lived in harmony with the will of God. It is the beautiful fruit of righteousness, which is produced by those who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. It is beauty from within!

© Bill Williams, November 13, 2006

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9 Responses to Beauty From Within

  1. Maria Toth says:

    That’s cool. Thank you.

    God bless
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

  2. John M. Kenney says:

    This sentence really stood out with me.

    “it is the beauty of a life being lived in harmony with the will of God.”

    That’s exactly why Jesus on the cross has such magnificient beauty for me.

    It’s such a cruel, yet beautiful picture because it is a life in harmony with the will of God. He was born to die; for me and you.
    Great post, Bill. I always come away from your blog inspired, refreshed and refired.

  3. jel says:

    This is an Awesome Post Bill!

    and that poem you left on Daniel’s blog , was cool too! 🙂

    have a blessed day!

  4. diana says:

    Thanks for this post, Bill. I am thinking of how I have never met the Hildreths but their work in Christ in SA is the kind of Christian beauty that brings healing to beautiful little children like Alisa. And Jesus came for us all. God bless you 🙂

    Diana

  5. LEM says:

    And that does not include all the money we use beautifing the building in which we meet.

  6. Bill says:

    Thanks for your kind words, all of you!

    Also, thanks for adding another facet to this discussion, Laymond. Yours is a point well-taken!

    -bill

  7. Great post as usual Bill. Thank you for being a daily blessing to me.

    Shalom,
    Bobby Valentine

  8. Greg England says:

    You left out puppies!
    You are right, though. The beauty that really impresses our hearts has almost nothing to do with physical appearance.

  9. Bill,

    I’m with John F. Kenney, the: “it is the beauty of a life being lived in harmony with the will of God.” sentence really stood out with me. You’re right, it is beautuful when exemplified in the life of a Christian!

    It’s all too easy to label oneself a Christian these days without actually loving the Lord with ALL your heart, soul, mind and strength. Oh, the countless blessings that die on the vine unclaimed.

    Jim Richardson

    http://thywordistruth.wordpress.com/

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