First of all, let me just say that if I had been old enough to know him, I would surely have swooned for Elvis Presley! He and his music were oh-so-swoon-worthy and beautiful!
Would you say that you are beautiful?
Do you think others would say you are beautiful?
If you’re not sure, ask yourself this question: What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see beauty? Or do you see glaring flaws or imperfections? Maybe in your hair, your skin, your face, your body? Do you see characteristics you would rather change?
If you do, please don’t worry, you are not alone! I asked 14 women what they saw when they looked in the mirror and 12 of them said they saw flaws, mistakes, or something that made them feel unworthy and felt they didn’t measure up to today’s beauty standards. Yes, 12 out of 14 women felt their looks didn’t measure up!
How about you? When your mirror shows you flaws and imperfections, how do you feel? Less beautiful? Less worthy? Do you think you or your looks don’t measure up?
Or, are you one who easily sees beauty or perfection when you look in the mirror – nice skin, lush hair, white, straight teeth, a shapely, fit body that you work hard to preserve? Do you feel pride in your appearance?
In my survey, 1 of the 14 women asked said proudly that she loved her look and would do whatever she had to, to keep herself looking young and beautiful. Yes, she WAS beautiful, and she worked hard at staying that way – so much so that it had become her complete identity!
How about you? Do you, like this woman, puff up and feel proud and worthy when your mirror confirms in you what the world reveres – polished, physical beauty? Has this also become your identity?
Now, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. What about your heart? Do you think your heart is pretty? Does it feel, emote and share easily? Does it love and give generously? Does it rejoice in other’s successes and hurt when others hurt? Does your heart find joy and delight in lifting up and serving others?
Or does it exult in your own accomplishments, concentrating on your own needs and desires, even when that sometimes means stepping on the feelings of others in the process? Do you look out for yourself first because, after all, nobody else is going to?
Hmmm…I wonder…Do I do that? What does my heart look like?
What would you say your heart looks like?
As you struggle to find the answer to those questions, maybe this will help.
To those of you who find it hard to see the physical beauty in yourself – take heart, Beloved Ones! For…
…the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
And for those who see their physical beauty easily and value it greatly, yet don’t have the heart to help others less fortunate, remember this:
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
For it is the compassionate, willing to serve, God-beauty of our hearts that truly matters, not the puffed up, physical beauty of our earthly bodies.
So, whoever you are, wherever you are, look up! Rejoice in the physical characteristics you were given, no matter what they may be! Be healthy minded and love and take care of yourself and your body as you thank your Creator for designing and making you just the way He wanted, for the purpose He intended. Appreciate, love and take care of the look God gave you.
And most important of all, Beloveds, tend to your hearts. See that your heart is filled with the love, care and goodness of God and the forgiveness, grace and mercy of Jesus. Let your heart overflow with these things. For God cares not what the outside looks like, it is your heart – the center of who you are – and the great, God-love for Him and for others inside your heart that makes Him swoon!
And remember, it is when you are filled with this ever-flowing, life-giving God-love that He can do His greatest work in and through you.
And it is in this that you are your most radiantly beautiful!
Rise and shine, you #SwoonWorthyBeloveds ❤