Beauty Is as Beauty Does

It’s all caught on film. My dad snaps a picture at the beginning of an Easter Bunny throw down.

Oh, yes, the moment my footed pajama wearing self threw a hissy fit when the Easter Bunny hopped away without leaving a Marie and Donnie Osmond Barbie is frozen in time.  A little girl’s egg dreams cracked in a matter of seconds.

My fist hiked up with finger-snapping attitude as it rested on my four-year old hip. Y’all know those fine lines between your eyebrows? Well, they’re caused by moments such as these. Not getting your way kind of moments—The tot-is-hot kind of moments.

The phrase mama always used during times like these, “Beauty is as beauty does.” It’s a phrase she used as a disciplining tool. She even created an annoying jingle to go with it.  In other words, true beauty isn’t found in superficial appearance, but how one behaves and carries oneself defines the beauty in a person.

Beauty is as beauty does!

My granny took things up a notch as she’d holler, “That woman was so ugly…. until she opened her mouth.”

You get the point.

It’s more than skin deep.

Our world today has so many misconceptions of true beauty.

 

It’s not high fashion at its best.

It’s not a Noxzema smooth face every morning.

It’s not tighter, firmer abs either.

The Bible says in 1Timothy 2:9-10, “Women should be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”

I have a confession.

When I read this, I get distracted by the “don’ts.”

Don’t wear pretty jewelry; don’t fix your hair; and for heaven’s sakes don’t wear cute clothes.

Instead, my focus should be on the “do.”

Do be devoted to God.

Do beautiful-on-the inside sort of things.

God is letting his girls in on a little secret here. He’s providing a biblical recipe for true beauty in this verse.

It’s a beauty that sees beyond osteoporosis, receding hairlines, and extra padding around the middle.

It’s a beauty that’s so transparent that others see Jesus in you, working through you: A beauty that causes others to wonder what’s different about you.

The question I challenge myself with this morning is, “What can I do today that makes me beautiful to God?”

I would love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment today about what you did or didn’t do that made you beautiful to God and those around you.

I’m hoping this will make me (and us) more aware of “Beauty is as beauty does,” in the midst of our everyday lives.
Photobucket

Linking Up Today with~

 

Facebook Twitter Email

14 Responses

09.20.11

Great post! In this world we see beauty as fashion, makeup, small waist and large bra size. I want to see beauty as God does.

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

Thank you for this beautiful reminder sweet friend. Taking this medication makes me even more obsessed with my weight and the way I look… I needed to hear this message! I love the idea of focusing on what those verses say to “do” there is so much there that makes us beautiful. Love you!
Heidi recently posted..Beauty Is as Beauty DoesMy Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

Well said! God didn’t mince words when He addressed us women. He knew EXACTLY what we’d get caught up in and what would slip us up. Love the words of wisdom from your mom and grandma, even if the jingle probably got on your nerves 🙂 They stuck with you! 🙂
Mel @ Trailing After God recently posted..Just Stuff It!My Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

Your Comments This is so true. We tend to forget about inner beauty being more important than outer beauty. If a person is beautiful on the inside because he/she serves God, he or she will be beautiful on the outside as well without all the frills that are so necessary to some!

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

The world looks at our outer appearance, but God looks at our heart. I want my heart to be beautiful to Him. I think we do that by showing love to those we come in contact with. By offering grace and forgiveness and by spending time with Jesus everyday.
Lisa recently posted..Do You See?My Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

It was a long time coming, but I’ve realized I don’t have to do or be anything for God to love me. He loves me just like I am, thankfully 🙂

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

I think I will adopt your mother’s saying! What a great post! I enjoy being beautiful for Him!
Lindsay recently posted..Even On Monday {Link Up}My Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

I stopped by your blog this morning, and I am so glad I did! 🙂 Great post (love the pictures!) Ithink that being beautiful on the inside, which is is in your heart and your mind, is all about displaying your love and your gifts, and learning something everyday that will build you up and add value to your life. Instead of spending wasted time in front of the mirror, or wasting money on excessive clothes, accessories and stuff, the happiness and glow that is shining through our face and our character is really what is reflected inside of our hearts. This is what is pleasing to God; this is how we show our love for Him.

Blessings and love!
Denise

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

Kelli, that’s a great question to get in the habit of asking ourselves. Because, when it comes down to it…His opinion of us is the only one that matters.

  (Quote)  (Reply)

Good morning ladies! I’ve received 3 blog awards this week, and I’m passing them all on to you! I know that “technically,” this is now a web site, but we started off blogging together way back when and you need to be recognized for the wonderful ministry you’ve begun! God bless you both, and hop on over to the “cafe” for a virtual congratulations hug 🙂 Love you, Debbie!
Debbie Dillon recently posted..And the Award Goes to…My Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

I love that challenge and am going to write it down to ask myself daily, “What can I do to make myself more beautiful to God!”

  (Quote)  (Reply)

Well written Kelli, and an excellent point. Far too many people go through life fixated on their outward appearances, and not spending their time focusing on the inner beauty that God’s granted each of us.

Wonderful encouragement!

Have a Blessed Day!
Phil D. Malmstrom recently posted..Thankful Thursday: Bountiful MerciesMy Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

Thanks for this, and for your comment at crumbs earlier in the week. It’s been a struggle lately to praise God for the way He made me and to remember the similar truths in 1 Peter 3 about true beauty. This affirming post is well-timed for me to read.

  (Quote)  (Reply)

09.20.11

Beautiful post, and a beautiful reminder. I’m going to show God something beautiful by loving my children well today.
Jennifer recently posted..GrowingMy Profile

  (Quote)  (Reply)

Leave Your Response

* Name, Email, Comment are Required

CommentLuv badge