Monday, October 19, 2009

Inner And Outer Beauty

According to Scripture, we are made in the image and likeness of God and we have inherent self-worth and value because we are children of God and loved by God. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be honored as such. In St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians he states, "Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?" (2 Cor. 13:5) Those of us who realize this truth and live our lives based on it are blessed and have a lot to be grateful for.
If you truly believe that you have self-worth and value as a child of God, no amount of negativity that comes your way in life,  can affect your self-esteem or self-worth. It's important for children, teens and adults to truly believe in their worth and dignity as children of God. Internet bullying, gossip and exaggerations are thriving today through modern forms of communication and it can be harmful. 
I started to think about this topic of inner and outer beauty because of an experience I had recently. Inner beauty and goodness are important to a lot of people in the modern world, (not everyone, of course), but outer beauty and youth count too. Baby boomers don't want to grow old, most of them anyway and some of them are spending lots of money on preserving their youth. I attended a meeting of a women's group I belong to and the informational part of the meeting was about non-surgical ways to look younger. I have to admit I was fascinated with the presentation. The presentation by a plastic surgeon included a demonstration of using a "filler" on a volunteer. The patient agreed to have a "filler" injected into her face at the meeting, to show those of us present how it works. It was rather amazing as wrinkles and laugh lines started to disappear immediately on her face, before our curious eyes.  
I bring this up because it's an interesting phenomena in the modern world, the desire to stay young looking. According to the plastic surgeon, these products are "flying off his shelf." Pretty amazing, I think, especially in these economic times.  
So think about it. What does it take to have inner beauty and goodness? What are the choices that you have to make? What does it cost to preserve youthfulness? And if you have inner beauty and goodness, doesn't that show on your face? Doesn't kindness and goodness come through in how you look?.......I think it does.