I like the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It denotes a certain subjectivity on the part of the beholder. It implies that it’s up to us to find beauty in what we see. The expression could be paraphrased by saying “It’s up to the beholder to see beauty.” You and I are beholders. It’s up to us to see beauty in life. It’s a choice but I also believe it’s a gift. I know someone who sees beautiful in almost everything and in everyone. I started seeing beauty in things that I would not have considered beautiful years ago. God sees beauty in everything and in everyone. It’s hard to believe that everyone is beautiful to Him but that’s His truth and He owns it. Our primary definition of beauty is a description of physical aesthetics and it refers to what’s pleasing to the eye. Beauty is much more than that however. Inner beauty is important. If we add the expression “Beauty is skin deep” to the one I started my message with, we understand that our eye has to look beyond the physical. If we could all see beauty in everyone, imagine how that would solve the problems of racism and bigotry that exist in the world. Let’s be God’s beholders and promote beauty in everything.
Hearing of people marching and proclaiming their desire to have an exclusively white state is alarming, disappointing and devastating. It is appalling when you find out that some of them did it in the name of God. What kind of God are they talking about? If Jesus were to walk down the streets with a banner, His message would be the total opposite. He would brandish a banner that says “I created everyone. I see beauty in everyone. Everyone is equal.” He would spread good news of love and acceptance. Hate is not in His vocabulary. He is an advocate of the supremacy of love not the supremacy of a race. We need to choose to see beauty. We need to make an effort to communicate and talk and get to know other people. We shouldn’t judge on physical appearance. We shouldn’t judge period. There is no one better than you and me on this planet. Too many people never got the memo and they spread hate instead because they don’t understand beauty.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4). This verse should make us rethink our primary definition of beauty. There is beauty in everyone. Let’s pray that we get that revelation and that we are able to see the inner beauty more than the looks. There is an exercise that I have been doing for years and that I mentioned before. When I am walking around NYC, I look at people around me and say in my head “He loves him. He loves her. He loves this one. He loves that one.” I say to myself that God loves every single person that I see. It doesn’t matter what they look like. God loves them all equally. Friend, I encourage you to try it. It will shift your perspective and it will be a humbling exercise. There is a lot of ugliness in the world that stems from hatred, violence and wickedness but the Lord promised to give us beauty for ashes. Look at the ugliness of the world as the ashes that need to be turned into beauty. Pray for beauty for ashes. Pray for love to reveal beauty to all of us. Speak about the beauty you see. Don’t be shy about it. You will contribute to lessening the racism in this world one beautiful word at a time!
Suggested reading: 1 Samuel 16:7; Romans 7:22; Colossians 3:12