Just the way you are …

“What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.” 1 Peter 3:4

One day at the mall a young salesman approached me with a bottle of “magic potion” designed to improve the quality of my skin—especially the dark circles under my eyes. I let him apply the product under one eye. We waited a moment and then asked his associate to pick out the treated eye, which he failed to do.

Early in the morning the sun shines brightly into my bathroom, and when I look into the mirror, I see all the imperfections of my skin. It’s the crinkly skin and brown (wisdom) spots that both me the most. When I pull the skin up towards my ears, I can see a facelift would help make me look a few years younger. However, it would not last forever, as gravity would continues to pull it down.

Since creation, people have tried to adorn their bodies with makeup, jewelry, and clothing. Women, and some men, spend millions of dollars each year to defy the aging process. Apostle Peter writes that women should be more concerned about the inner appearance of their bodies. However, it takes comfort in your own skin to accept the outer appearance. Let us concentrate more on what dwells within our hearts, minds, and souls. We are created in God’s image. Who are we to say it is not beautiful?

Lord, thank you for accepting us with all our flaws. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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