It won’t take you more than a couple of seconds to visualise the “Beautiful People” that you went to school with, whether that was last year or almost a century ago.
If you didn’t go to High School “Beautiful People” are those who belong to the most popular group. They maybe popular because they wear the right clothes; because they have money; because the leader belongs to the “right” family; because they are smart or outgoing; because they have always been; or even just because they are mean. They may be beautiful to look at – perfect skin, perfect teeth, perfect hair, just the right curves or muscles. Or they may actually be closer to ugly than perfect but they are labelled “beautiful”.
If you want to be anyone of importance, in High School, you have to match up to them (which you never will because your hair is DEAD straight and all the “Beautiful” girls have curls). But you change your taste in shoes and clothes and music and boys to try to get as close to them as possible. And sum up the courage to ask them “Do you like my shoes?” To which the answer is always “No Way! Giggle, smirk, giggle”.
Unfortunately we don’t leave the “Beautiful People” in the school yard. You can still see them in the workplace, in our sport and social clubs and in the church. Even if they are the only “Beautiful Person” in the group they seem to have this air “I am better than you because I have been labelled a Beautiful Person”.
You may have even been a “Beautiful People” yourself. You may have been the snotty type and worn the badge with honour. Or you may have tried to avoid it because you know your beauty or popularity is a blessing from God for Him to use in your life.
”But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
I love 1 Samuel 16:7 for the very simple reason that it reminds me that God doesn’t label some “Beautiful People” and the rest of us not. He made each of us with the bodies we have intentionally so that we can become the person He cares about – the person on the inside.
So take a moment to ask God today “Am I looking beautiful on the inside or do I need to change my shoes?”
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