On the Front Cover

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Prov. 31:30


These are some of the words I think about when I think of the models on the front cover of magazines. In an earthly sense, they have it all.

But do they? Every girl dreams, at some point in their life, to be gorgeous, perfect. And whether they want to be on the front cover of Cosmopolitan, or simply be the most popular in their school or church, the motivation is still the same. To be the best, to be accepted and ‘loved’.

A pretty face, or a pretty heart? For years I thought a prettier face and a prettier body would make me happy. So I stressed and fussed over every ounce, every strand of hair, every outfit in my closet. And instead of getting happier, I got more depressed. For every . For every pound I lost, there was another one too loose.

Popularity is fleeting, beauty fades, and money is wasted. The satisfaction of ‘perfection’ vanishes when we see someone more beautiful than ourselves, more popular than we are, or richer than us.


These are the words I think of when I think of a beautiful heart.

This kind of beautiful is not measured by the skinny girls on magazines. No, this is measured by the peace of God in their hearts, by His love written on their face.

With every ounce of love given away, the more beautiful they become. Their devotion to God overflows into a life of giving, loving, and serving. They might not be popular with the cool crowd, but they are known for their selflessness, their generosity.

They don’t store up treasures on earth, where moth and rust corrupt. With the time and energy they give away, they are building mansions in Glory.

it is time to change our idea of beauty. Beauty is not a flawless face, or a perfect figure. What is beautiful? the heart that wildly, recklessly chases after God, who serves others with abandon. Whose imperfect figure, or lack of popularity doesn’t get in her way of reaching out. It is not where her security lies.Wrapped in the arms of a loving God, trusting in His promises, she confidently follows Him, wherever He calls her.




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