According to Forbes, the global beauty business amounts to approximately $382 Billion. (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/lmj45jdlf/top-10-global-beauty-brands/)
I have to admit that I only found that statistic because I needed some facts for this article. 🙂
It seems there’s such an ambition for the outward. Whether it’s make-up, graphic design, curb-appeal, or clothing, we’re always looking for ways to improve the “look”. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve fought most of a day trying to get a Power-Point or a graphic to look just right only to have it crash right before I needed it! It’s in those times that I’m reminded “content is king” in any presentation. We work so hard for everything to look perfect but at what cost? I’m definitely not against putting our best foot forward but not at the expense of what’s on the inside!
Here’s some truths from God’s Word that we would do well to remember:
#1 GOD’S CRITERIA ISN’T OUR CRITERIA
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)
Here we get a glimpse of what criteria God is looking for. Not the cosmetics of the person but the content of the heart! He looks deeper than our skin or hair. He sees His creation that He gave His Son for.
#2 WHAT GOES IN IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT GOES ON
11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
That I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Do we give more attention to what goes ON rather than what goes IN? There’s nothing wrong with improving ourselves outwardly but that can never take precedence over what we put into our lives.
#3 THE OUTWARD PORTRAYS THE HEART
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Matthew 12:35 (KJV)
Focus more upon what you put in your life instead of always concerning yourself with the externals. I’ve know people who didn’t need to go overboard to impress someone or feel better about themselves simply because they had true substance in the heart. Conversely, I’ve known hundreds of people who were miserable and discouraged because they didn’t feel they measured up to society’s expectations outwardly. Let God set that standard not L’Oreal or Avon! Remember what God’s Word says about you and that He loves you REGARDLESS! I guess that’s why I like Jonny Diaz’s song More Beautiful You. What a great song about true and godly beauty.
Please comment – I would love to hear your thoughts!