Cultivating Inner Beauty

iBeauty Talk

The Beauty of Contentment

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I would often hear people say, I wish I was born beautiful! --  We often determine the beauty of an individual based on their physical attributes. I do believe that each of us has been gifted with beauty! We may not see it because what we've been bumbarded with the media's idea of beauty. The minor enhancements such as eyelash extensions, hair extensions, Botox, etc and the major enhancements, plastic surgeries. I'm not condemning  neither am I condoning it any of the enhancements, but I do wish we could be content. Our need to enhance has a lot to do with what we've been taught. Now to me, my daughter is a  beautiful princess, but I have to cultivate her into being an overall beautiful person. Some of the prettiest faces we see on T.V. can have some of the meanest attitudes. No one will ever get past the frown to see the beautiful brown, blue, or hazel eyes! 

I challenge everyone to stop…and admire what God created, you are his workmanship! No one in this world has your face, body structure/frame, personality, hair texture, fingerprints, voice, talents, etc. We are all unique! We are all beautiful!

Before you criticize the women in the mirror let's read this: (1 Timothy 6:6-11)

True Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

A Story of Discontentment 

There was a young lady, who was very beautiful. She worked at a restaurant and was approached by an older man, asking if she wanted to become a model. She agreed and later that week she met him at his home. For the next few weeks, she posed for him, and he gave her money, stating that her beauty would make her rich. He started to demand more from her in the process. She was not allowed to contact her parents or friends. She quit her job and moved in with him;  she was now under his control. That girl left a note telling her parents, I'm going to be gone for a few weeks. I'm leaving my cell phone, don't worry about anything, everything is okay, I just need to focus on me! Of course the mom and dad worried because she was only 18. She wasn't mature enough to handle the world all by herself. 

The next thing the man asked of her was to get breast augmentations, and that she could make more money dancing, but her body had to be perfect. A little cut here and there wouldn't hurt she thought, so with the man's money she went in for the operation. The man was never satisfied.

Why aren't we ever satisfied with the woman, girl in the mirror? If I had this nose, those lips, her hips, that bottom, bigger chest, I would be beautiful! NO! You are already beautiful, but you have to know that for yourself. 

How did the young lady's story end, she found a way to get away from that man, Satan's influence, reunite with her family and into the arms of her Jesus, who looks at us and smiles because we are so fearfully and wonderfully made.

Don't let what someone else has to say rob you of your destiny! Beauty is a gift that God has given to each of us, and he says, "For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation."  Psalm 149:4. Do you believe that, I know I do! 

He made you just the way you are for a purpose, and your alterations my alter his plans for your life.

Remember no one can give you what you already have, if beauty is a gift from God then why are we looking for it elsewhere?

Be Content and Be Beautiful! 

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