“The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.” –William James
I challenge you to think about your “ugly” moments. What’s in your heart? Is beauty being revealed to those around you when you gossip, when you think negatively, when you dwell in self-pity and despair?
Our “ugly” moments have one thing in common: our self. We’re focused on how I feel, what I want, what I don’t have…you get the point. It’s all about “me.” In each of our authors’ examples of women who offered true beauty, these ladies did a 180 with the spotlight. They focused their hearts, their attitudes, and subsequently, their actions on reaching out to people. Healing begins when we reach out to those in need; we offer joy and beauty when we serve.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” – Barack Obama
True beauty is a condition of the heart. I challenge you today to examine your own heart. Where is it? What does it look like? How do you want God to change it so that He can work through you to affect the hearts of others?
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom,
and the one who gets understanding,
for the gain from her is better than gain from silver
and her profit better than gold.
She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her;
those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your work in our lives in the past, present, and future. Lord, we know You have a plan. Let Your will be done. Help us to show the world our true beauty, the beauty You’ve instilled in each of our hearts. We love You, and thank You for continually renewing us each day. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
What’s holding you back from fully offering beauty to those in your life? Is it fear? Is it rejection? Is it a self-centered attitude?