As people we tend to judge others based on their outer appearance as an indication of the type of person they are. While outer appearances may say a lot about an individual, the true character of the individual might not be so easily seen. The saying, “Beauty is only skin deep” means just that. Society tends to label beauty based on looks only. It’s like the celebrities who pay a lot to makeup artists, designers, and stylist so the skin deep beauty they put forward is top notch.
True beauty, however, penetrates the surface of the skin and is revealed through the heart and mind of an individual. Beauty is reflected in how we think and how we treat others. Beauty is reflected in unselfish love and giving, wisdom, realness, being considerate of others, having the ability to forgive, strength, patience, endurance, and a sound mind. Of course we all like to look good on the outside and there’s nothing wrong with that. For us to be a true reflection of beauty takes willingness and time because healing takes time. Our true beauty is revealed more and more as we seek to confront and deal with life's situations that caused us hurt and pain. It comes with a willingness to be open and honest about our struggles.
As I continue to learn and grow in serving the Most High, I have to acknowledge and recognize the layers of me that has to be peeled away so I can be a reflection of beauty, which is a reflection of Him. While, it’s not an easy process and doesn’t happen overnight, it’s vitally necessary and will be worth the effort.