It’s my favourite moment in Bridget Jones’s diary. The moment when Marc Darcy looks Bridget straight in the eyes and says ‘I like you very much. Just the way you are’.
What girl doesn’t want to be liked for who she is? We can wear hair extensions and fake tan and gel nails and pluck and primp and wax and conceal and make over, but what we are all hoping for deep in our hearts, is for someone to want us for exactly who we are.
If you are anything like me then you are someone who would roll your eyes at a compliment, someone whose brain cogs would be turning, trying to work out the hidden agenda. It can be hard to believe from others, what you do not believe yourself.
But you are beautiful, because of who you are. Each one of us is uniquely and lovingly created by God and this is what makes us beautiful. Beauty doesn’t mean long brown legs, d-cups and doe eyes.
Beautiful is a God-filled heart. Beautiful is the girl with the gentle spirit, full of compassion and love. Beautiful is the girl who chooses to forgive when others cannot. Beautiful is the girl who can’t help but help. The girl who puts others before herself.
Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:3-4
For some people, hearing you are beautiful, inside or out, feels like a lie, and I get this. When you want so much to feel beautiful, to be noticed, but reflected back in the mirror is not what you want to see it is easy to feel ugly.
But perhaps the only way to accept that you truly are beautiful in all the ways that matter, is to tip your perspective on it’s head.
Change what you think beauty means!
She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
With so many shapes and sizes and colours and personailties in this world, it is just not possible for beauty to mean only one thing!
So what is it that makes you beautiful? Take a good look and I know there will be a huge list. God knows your heart, he knows all the beauty inside you.
It’s there for you to celebrate, to be proud of because you are exactly what God wants you to be.
Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
I am linking up today with Holley Gerth and a load of lovely bloggers for Coffee for you heart. This week we are writing words of encouragement about beauty, please come and join us!