Thoughts on Beauty
Posted on 23 May 2013
What is beauty? I’ve thought that a lot this week. What qualifies things as beautiful? They must look a certain way. They must be of a certain quality. Webster defines beauty as: “a particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality”. I guess everyone wants to be beautiful. We all want to be of “excellent quality”. We all want praise.
So often I look at this world's definition of beauty, happiness, love, and I believe it. I simply accept that things are the way they are, and that’s the way they will stay. It’s rare that I go against the system. I recently read a quote that made me think:“You live in a world of counsel. Every day, somehow, some way, you’re being counseled. Everything you encounter originates from some kind of worldview. Everything you experience comes from somebody with a certain perspective on life.” –Paul David Tripp
Who am I allowing to shape my worldview of beauty and why do I accept what the world tells me? In Haiti, many of the beautiful 3 Cords ladies are looked down upon because of their disability. America’s not much different. We look at people’s weaknesses instead of their strengths. We go with our culture because it’s easier that way. I don’t want to take the easy road. I want to have a God given sense of beauty. Will you fight the battle to change the cultural stigma of beauty with 3 Cords? Not only in Haiti but also in America?
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
I pray you will dwell on things above and that God opens your eyes to see true beauty today.
All is grace (as Ann would say).