1 Peter 3:3-4 “Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” (NLT)
Ok, I admit. I have always had trouble with this verse. Not that I don’t agree with it. But when you are short, round, and basically plain for the better part of your life, it is hard to come to grips with the no adornment thing. I know, I know. It’s beauty on the inside that counts. When you are the girl who is described to a blind date as having “a great personality”, you want to take a swing at whoever says that beauty on the inside thing.
When the daughters were all here, we had a great day at the salon getting our nails done. The next day we all did each other’s hair, trying out hairstyles, using enough hairspray to make a huge hole in the ozone layer. We tried on clothes, laughing and comparing and talking of sisters stealing our favorite sweaters. There was no talk of fat or skinny, tall or short, old or young.
I have come to realize that my Abba didn’t mean that I couldn’t make myself pretty with pedicures and haircuts. He didn’t mean that I couldn’t dress nicely. He didn’t mean that I couldn’t haunt the DSW looking for cute shoes. (Hey! The shoe thing is genetic.) He meant that I shouldn’t depend on those things for my self worth. It is not easy, that much I will admit. I spent my life wanting to be “the pretty one”. I would love to say that I am satisfied with my “beautiful spirit” but that would be such a load of hogwash. But I am working on it. Each moment I spend with God increases my realization that true beauty comes from within. But if getting a pedicure once in a while helps me to have a more gentle and quiet spirit, I am sure that my Abba doesn’t have a problem with it.