For the last four months, we’ve been hearing from some fabulous blogger wives who have weighed in on feeling beautiful. Not just knowing logically that God made us to be beautiful, but embracing our own unique beauty.
But it’s Christmas Eve, and for those who celebrate Christmas, the coming of Jesus is forefront on our minds. Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest Old Testament prophecies about the coming Messiah. Early on, it has this to say about Jesus Christ:
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this verse and what it means for our sense of beauty. Because what I take away is there was no physical reason for anyone to be attracted to Christ. Unlike his the first of his earthly royal line, King David, we have no indication in scripture that Jesus’ appearance was even worth mentioning.
Yet people were drawn to him. Disciples left their homes for him. Followers were persecuted for him. Missionaries endured torture for him. Christians throughout centuries have looked upon Christ and seen a beauty unlike any other — and they have sacrificed their lives in so many ways for him.
Something deeper and more eternal about Jesus left its imprint.
I think you have something deeper and more eternal about you as well — something your husband is drawn to that goes beyond your physical beauty.
While I believe that we should take care of our bodies, expend some effort on our appearance, believe in our beauty, and work on our attitude of self-confidence, when it comes down to it, my husband doesn’t love me because I’m beautiful. He appreciates my beauty, but he’s most attracted to me when I reflect Jesus Christ’s beauty, when I am the woman God created me to be.
And we all display God’s beauty as His creation. When we lean into our deeper beauty, we become even more attractive. Never discount your beauty — regardless of what you look like. You are God’s beloved masterpiece.
And look for that beauty in others. Let’s even rethink how we define beauty. I came across a story by CBS News about a fashion photographer helping us rethink beauty. Please go check out the video at this link: Photographer proving true beauty lives outside magazine spreads. (I originally embedded the video here, but it’s no longer available on YouTube.) Below is the photographer’s TED Talk, if you want to watch how he sees beauty and hopes we will too.
Don’t tell me those people aren’t absolutely beautiful. To me, they are God’s gorgeous children.
I don’t care what you look like, you have beauty given to by the Creator. You are the daughter of the King of Kings, beautiful wife. Live into your beauty, and let your husband appreciate both your outside appearance and your inner loveliness.
In this season we celebrate Christ, let’s learn to reflect His beauty.
Note: I will be on hiatus for the next week, spending time with my family. See you in 2016!