Cultivate Inner Beauty (Small Change #13)

Beauty, nowadays, tend to be very superficial. Blame it on commercialism. People are not contented with the features they are born with.

The dark-skinned want to be fairer, while those with fair skin pays big money to get a tan. A very pretty young woman overlooks her beautiful features and focuses on minor flaws one won't even notice. Really thin women even go for a procedure to get off the what - unwanted muscles - because there is no fat in their bodies. The most probable scenario when a person goes under the knife is that they look better before.

Why can't we just focus on the good qualities we have?

I love my eyes, I believe they are my best features. I got them from my father. I am so happy my son has the same set of eyes. Oh, and my birthing hips, they proved to be useful after all. I have fair skin which I got from my Chinese blood. I try very hard to get a tan especially when I heard it would make me look slimmer, but sadly I do not turn dark. No big deal though.

Years ago, Dove came out with the campaign for real beauty. I liked the general idea behind it - to boost women's self-esteem.

"Real women have real curves."

"Real beauty comes in all shapes, size and color."

Sharing with you the author's three timeless beauty tips:

1. True beauty is internal.
What is of utmost importance to God is your heart - not your face, your features, or your figure.
2. True beauty is enhanced by spiritual growth.

I am witness at the transformation of so many women who sought and continues to seek God. The more they deepen their walk, the more beautiful they become.

3. True beauty is a matter of the heart.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

Let us remember, we are (1) known and blessed by God, (2) loved and His Son died for our sins, (3) accepted by God through Jesus, (4) complete in Christ , (5) a work in progress and will one day be perfect? Yay!

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