Wielding Beauty Well

“Father, so often I use the gifts of personal inward and outward beauty as props to my ego, and tools for receiving the praise and applause of others. I base my sense of value on how attractive I feel, and I judge others by mere outward standards rather than valuing each precious person as a soul made in Your image… Oh may my beauty be that of outer and inner blended together in a being that radiates supreme joy in and love for Christ. When people look at me and my life I want them to see that you are most precious to me, most valuable, most glorious, and most beautiful!” – Constance Doyle

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ā€œWhat do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?ā€ (1 Cor. 4:7)

Heavenly Father, God of beauty and creativity beyond my understanding. You are completely perfect and holy. There is no kindness deeper, sweeter, more genuine that that which originates in You and ever cascades down onto Your children. There is no earthly beauty that is not just a shadow of your perfect beauty. Each aspect of beauty I enjoy on earth will be found a-thousand-fold when I look into your face in glory.

And yet these shadows of your beauty are wonderful gifts, gifts that are meant to point to you, the Source. Father, so often I use the gifts of personal inward and outward beauty as props to my ego, and tools for receiving the praise and applause of others. Iā€¦

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