“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others. Tolerate the weaknesses of those in the family of faith, forgiving one another in the same way you have been graciously forgiven by Jesus Christ. If you find fault with someone, release this same gift of forgiveness to them. For love is supreme and must flow through each of these virtues. Love becomes the mark of true maturity.” Colossians 3:12-14 TPT
Good Morning and Happy Monday. My good news today is about enjoying an afternoon with our grandchildren. I didn’t realize I was able to crawl around on the floor still, but I did it. We put up a children’s tent in our family room and I crawled around with a six year old and a one year old for several hours. This led to me considering perspective. The world looks quite different from the floor, than standing as an adult. I had noticed this before at work. Driving down a street gives you a different perspective than walking or biking down a street. It seems a little strange on the surface, but it’s true.
Yesterday in church we learned of the passing of a friend. He was always quiet and cheerful. I never heard him say an unkind word. He was eager to help and a joy to be around. I listened to others comment about his demeanor and began to ponder the different perspectives of what it means to be beautiful.
I admit “beautiful” is not always a politically correct word to use when referring to a man, but I personally think of Jesus as being beautiful. Do you think of beauty as a feature or how a person looks, a virtue found within, combination or something else?
Being made in God’s image makes us beautiful. Looking back I never felt beautiful when I was young, but youth has an outward appearance of beauty. I’ve recently started noticing how beautiful young skin and full healthy hair looks. Youthful skin doesn’t have age spots, stretch marks or wrinkles. It’s smooth, not dry and it doesn’t crepe. Youth also often comes with good hearing and sight. I would be amiss if I didn’t add that being youthful means being more active and enjoying a beautiful healthy body that is attractive to others.
Yet, have you ever met someone’s grandmother who in her frailty exuberated beauty? It was probably a different type of beauty. When we strive to be Christ-like we become more merciful, compassionate, understanding, forgiving, gentle, humble, and patient. We leave behind fault-finding and holding on to old wounds. The Bible tells us this type of beauty is a sign of maturity.
So, can you be young and have both types of beauty? Can in your youthful glow you show the mature beauty of being Christ-like, especially in today’s world? Yes you can! If, however, you have grown older, you can also strive to have a healthy, beautiful body and appearance for your age, while having the mature beauty that comes from within your soul.
I hope you have a wonderful day! Be sure and share something good! May God Bless You!