How's Your Face?
More Beauty Tips from the Heart
once said that we are responsible for our own faces after
40. Do you believe it? Could it be that the permanent wrinkles
and lines are there as a result of the expressions we have
chosen to wear throughout our aging years?
are you communicating to others when they really look at
you beautiful, inside and out?
really wants to be beautiful. That's why she's been so hard
on herself all these years. Some might think that her mirror
is her best friend, but in reality, it has always been her
worst enemy. After all, Corey's mirror is not a true reflection
of who God intends her to be. Mirrors only reveal outer
shells…but for Corey, as she gazes at herself and sees unwanted
changes and wrinkles gradually forming, she despises the
reflection glaring back at her. It's all she sees. No vision.
No hope. No peace.
see, jealousy has been Corey's companion throughout her
lifetime. Jealousy and comparison. She never measures up
-- at least that's what she has come to believe all these
years. Others have better lives, better bodies, better husbands,
better children, better careers, better opportunities…
others succeed, she can't rejoice with them! Her conversations
always revolve around herself. She doesn't want to hear
what others have to contribute -- it might somehow be better!
So, if you are attractive or successful or even at peace
with your own life, then Corey will avoid you. You're
no friend of hers.
those near Corey look at her, they notice a deep sadness
that seeps from the depths of Corey's heart and through
her eyes. Though her face is pretty to look at, alas, her
expression is far from beautiful. It's tainted. Why? Because
beauty never satisfies. It leaves one empty -- desperate
to maintain -- yet with the sinking feeling that beauty
If she would only learn to find her identity in Christ...
same could be said about Lorraine.
is pretty enough, but when she is around, no one enjoys
her company! Lorraine is a complainer. Nothing goes right
around Lorraine, and it's possible that she's never enjoyed
life. She's either too hot, or too cold, or too busy, or
church, she's impossible! She doesn't like the pastor, or
the music, or the Sunday night schedule. People wonder why
she even bothers coming to church. It obviously doesn't
make her happy. The pastor has learned never to ask Lorraine
how she's doing, and you can almost see his blood pressure
rising when Lorraine begins to talk. He prepares himself
for the worst of criticism.
because Lorraine is a complainer.
truth is, it doesn't matter what Lorraine looks like,
or what effect Lorraine's complaining has had on her face…no
one can stand to look at her. Her face is identified with
unpleasantries -- complaining, criticism, even nastiness.
So, instantly, she is ugly in the hearts of many. She is
repulsive because she herself is repulsed by her own circumstances
and by others and she repeatedly spews her complaints upon
whatever poor soul happens to be standing there.
others see her face and go the other way.
there hope for Lorraine? There is always hope.
of all, salvation might be on the menu for Lorraine. One
might wonder if she truly knows Jesus as her Savior. After
all, how can she complain if she's been bought with the
blood of Jesus? Is there anything better than living with
the Lord? Complaining and a critical spirit fly quickly
away when Christ enters in. All is changed. A new heart
is given -- a new outlook on life!
Lorraine is lost. Perhaps she needs Jesus.
what if she's saved already? How can Lorraine be a believer
and a complainer at the same time? Oh, it happens. Remember
Jonah? A great prophet of God, a great speaker, Jonah was
chosen for one of the greatest missions of all -- proclaiming
God's deliverance before the Ninevites. Oh they were a godless
people! Jonah was repulsed at the thought of them! They
worshipped false gods, and they did heartless and cruel
deeds, like skinning their captives alive and hanging them
on the city wall!
would God love such a people as this?
though he knew God, though he spoke for God, though he was
chosen by God, became a complainer. He didn't want to go
to the Ninevites. Let them die, he thought! They
deserve the worst! They should get what's coming to them!
God had other plans. So Jonah ran.
Lorraine is running. She knows God, she has been chosen
by God, but she is running the other way. This makes Lorraine
a very unhappy person on the inside. An unhappy heart spews
unhappiness. Lorraine just has nothing else to give.
there's hope for Lorraine. Newness. Revival in her soul.
Introspection. Much time in the Word. Reflecting
on God's goodness will cause her to reflect it herself!
would testify to that! She's discovered where true beauty
lies. She is the most beautiful of women! It's not really
her features. It's more the joy that permeates all she does.
There's an inner peace, a stability, a common pastel thread
that runs through all she does. Her actions and reactions
are one of grace and joy, no matter what the circumstance!
She is consistent; she brings security to any situation.
is truly His.
see, she learned long ago where the source of youth and
beauty lie. It's not in the eye of just any beholder! Not
at all! Beauty dwells in the eye of the Creator, and with
those who gaze at Him continuously.
ago Donna exchanged her self-help books and self-preservation
techniques for the one true Book that would answer all of
her questions and solve all of her problems. In this Book
she discovered so much beauty, so much life, that
she just couldn't put it down! She devoured its contents.
Then she couldn't rest until she met the Author.
He was the One who pointed the way to the fountain of youth…to
life everlasting…too all things good.
no doubt about it. Donna is beautiful. It's not that she's
problem-free…but any problem that threatens to darken her
countenance she takes to the Father. She leaves it with
Him. And beauty shines.
has discovered the beauty secret that so many have longed
for. She has chosen peace, joy, and contentment. She has
chosen to live for Christ.
is only softness behind her eyes. Bad circumstances and
difficult people don't add wrinkles and grey hair, after
all. That comes with time -- it is a crown of glory! She
is truly blessed, and truly beautiful, even at 82 years.
how's your face?
hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained by a righteous
if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come!
II Corinthians 5:17
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