Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Della Vaughan on Real Beauty

(Della posted this as a "comment" earlier and I liked it so much I'm running it again!)

I agree that most women want to be beautiful and most men want to have what it takes. So, why is this wrong? Why has beauty become associated with negativity? God created beauty.

We see and enjoy beauty in every sunset, in the wildflowers along the roadside, in the majesty of the mountains, in the peaceful calm of a quiet stream. Beauty is a part of God's essence.

Our problem, as a culture and as believers within that culture, is that we have allowed the creature, rather than the Creator, to define beauty. The enemy has perverted beauty and we have been deceived by his lies. And is it any wonder, since we are so frequently tuned in to his messages? "This is beauty. Here's what it looks like," he says. And we listen. We watch, we subscribe, we buy. And suddenly we realize we have allowed no time for the Author of beauty to refresh our souls by writing truth on the pages of our minds and hearts. As a result, we have become idolators; lovers and worshippers of self - always pursuing that American dream and coming up empty.

God has provided a solution. The question becomes, "Do we believe Him?" If we do, we will teach our children. We will teach our daughters that authentic beauty is found in the radiance of the Spirit of God living in us. Let's begin to show our girls that beauty is manifested in the compassionate heart of a servant. Let's remind them that beauty shows up and listens, comforts, and welcomes. Beauty radiates from every person who is a reflection of Jesus Christ.

This is beauty that never fades; real beauty upon which desperate people long to gaze. To place our focus on physical appearance is to have a temporal perspective.

How do we develop an eternal perspective? By faith; we must believe God. We must be willing to take that road less traveled? It is narrow and often difficult, but it is the real path of beauty ... the one that draws others to us and inevitably, to our God who is the creator of all that is beautiful. Only then will we grasp the words of the skin horse who said, "Once you are real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." (The Velveteen Rabbit)

Della is a loving wife, mom, educator, and student at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS).


Anonymous said...

Oh Della, thank you for reminding me.

Sarah Onderdonk said...

Thought provoking and beautifully written. Thank you so much for sharing with us!