I want to be heaven-minded.

            I would like to do a research experiment on the word “beauty.” I want to ask people from all different ages/cultures/socioeconomic levels, etc.. how they would define it. I want to know the image that comes to mind when someone says something is beautiful and I want to know why that is.

            So maybe I won’t actually end up doing this (but if you know anyone who would like to fund my studies/travels to do so, let me know), but I want to know why this word is so powerful. Why does this word take up so much space in girl’s thoughts? Why do girls strive and fight with calories and style trends to defend one definition? Why do we think one word makes up so much of who we are?

            I have believed the lie that my worth is tied to my relationship status, and that my relationship status is because of how I look. I have believed the lie that there is something wrong with me because of these things, that the “beauty” thing or desirable thing just passed over me. My, my, my, how silly that sounds, how much I let lies grow in my head. One of the wisest, sweetest girls I met on my trip this past summer, Heather, said something that I will never forget about the lies we believe. She said she knows it’s a lie if it distracts us from Jesus, if the lie makes us think more about ourselves and less about Jesus than it is simply not true. Truth from God always pulls us closer to Him. Worrying about how I look and believing I am not worth relationships, makes me look at myself and pulls me away from what Jesus would have for that moment.

            The funny thing about all this is that beauty is actually a gift from God, the enemy has just done a terrific job of twisting it into something it wasn’t intended to be. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” God has promised that He will make everything beautiful, every single thing, in its own time. This is who God is, He takes something and makes it beautiful in His timing. He is the creator of the definition of beauty and His is the one I want. I the worldly definition of beauty, it will fade. I will spend so much time chasing it to realize it is unattainable and unsatisfying. Whereas I can choose to live out of the eternal perspective He has placed in my heart, and live by His truth, His definition of beauty. Since I cannot see the scope of His timeline, I have to choose the present and give up worrying about the rest. I have no idea what my life will look like after this year, but I know He will make it beautiful in His time. I choose to walk out of these lies and into the freedom He has given by choosing His truth. I am free to turn my eyes from comparing my life to others, from focusing on myself, and believing crippling lies. I am free to walk in the beauty of this life, the beauty of pursuing Him and leaving all of me behind. I want to be heaven-minded. 

Advertisements

One thought on “I want to be heaven-minded.

  1. I will be searching for funders for your Beauty research project for you (you know you can count on us for some portion 🙂 ).

    Just a little from a male perspective when I think of beauty, I, of course, think of my beautiful wife and daughters (including step), but I also think of the beauty in the sunsets He creates for me everyday living on the gulf coast and the clouds I see from the planes I fly in every week and His creation in general.

    When I think about beauty in the sense that you talk about, “girl beauty”, and I know I’m a male here, but I think about how different each era see’s that type of beauty. I’m no art historian expert, but I know in renaissance (or there about) painting nude “chunky” women where all the rage, so all the women have “rolls” as opposed to six packs or smooth tummies.

    OK, to get to the heart of the matter, like you alluded to in your blog, the beauty that God sees is how much we reflect His Son (which, BTW, you are a moon — new nickname for Hannah — Luna — better than hannahbannana or pumpkin 🙂 ). Like you said, we are all made beautiful in His time (I think there’s a song there too). We are all daughters and sons of the Most High God and with an inheritance like that how can we not all be beautiful, especially when we are reflecting His light!

    Love you,
    Dad

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s