Many external things influence how we define beauty. Culture . . . family . . . friends . . . technology. These all have a direct and powerful effect on what we think is beautiful. They’re difficult to ignore, aren’t they? And so these things often shape how we perceive ourselves, and how we interact with the world.
Here is why: Seeing and appreciating beauty around us begins with accepting the beauty in us, the beauty God sees.
Are you able to accept that you are beautiful to God?
(Men, don’t check out here. This is for you, too.)
It’s always easier to accept the beauty of children, the beauty of nature, the beauty of art, the beauty of music. But accepting the beauty of our own hearts, our own bodies, our own minds—when surrendered to, and seen through, the love of God—that is a place of freedom.
It allows us to receive love—and, therefore, it empowers us to love.
You, right now, are beautiful because your Father is beautiful. So, how do we help our hearts get to the place where we can accept and believe this? Where we can, in a real, practical way, inhabit a mindset of knowing, without a doubt, we are the beautiful ones of God?
How do we begin to see ourselves with new eyes? Listen . . .