Real beauty

“Beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes straight to the bone.”

~ Dorothy Parker

They’re unforgettable, aren’t they?

That book with a gorgeous cover, the one you’re compelled to read because the cover art is an inescapable siren’s call to pick it up, turn it over in your hands, study–and expectant–imagine what awaits you in its pages.  You finally begin reading but quickly discover its start is wretched!  You persevere, optimistic and hopeful.

It never gets better.

Finally, you cut your time loss and shelf it until the next yard sale or Goodwill delivery, disappointed that you were duped by a pretty face with no substance.

I can think of a few people like that.

Beautiful people, I call them–flawless skin, impeccable style, stunningly attractive…

and then they open their mouths.

Mean words spew like venom.  Entitlement is demanded.  Or maybe there’s just a sense they believe they’re better than you, spoken in glances not words–the worst!

Conversely, can’t you think of a few people who were, upon first notice, rather unremarkable?  But then you get to know them, and charm, grace and kindness seeps from their pores in word and deed, and they suddenly “become”
b e a u t i f u l.

The truth is, they were beautiful all the time…it just took a while to see their beauty.

Inner beauty.

Lasting beauty.

Real beauty.

It’s important to take care of your body.  It’s the right decision to make the most of what God has given you.  Many health and beauty sites are great at sharing product reviews and beauty tips but stop short of “whole person” beauty; that’s why I’m excited about this site.  Therapon Skin Health® has devoted this digital space to bringing you content rich in wisdom for tending your outer and inner beauty.

Cultivating inner beauty begins with careful consideration to what you’re feeding your mind. About 2000 years ago beautiful, wise words were recorded in Scripture that have bearing on true beauty–

“Finally…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Phillipians 4:8 NIV

No, real beauty isn’t a state of mind but it begins there.  If you’re mind-feasting on true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent things, even your bones are going to be pretty!

Your turn: Do any of you remember “GIGO” from back in the day?  Do you agree/disagree with my inner-before-outer beauty premise?  I’m curious to know your thoughts!

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  1. Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama says:

    Love seeing you in that video, gorgeous! If anything can make my skin look as young and fresh as yours, I say, sign me up, baby!

  2. Theresa says:

    Boy, did that knife cut to the bone! Also, do you notice that when one of those beauties, start to open up and reveal the world they live in, you decide yours is just fine. They seem to drive the new cars, have the perfect body and family, lots of money and then you see the rest of the story.

    Accepting and loving the human image God knitted you to be is often a life-long struggle. I know this sounds funny coming from me, but it is a process. The beauty is fleeting on the outside, but what He is making us into is perfection. That is if our eyes become unglued off ourselves and fixed on the author and perfector of our faith.

    Big fan of Therapon products!

  3. wanda says:

    Wow…..talk about eye opening?
    I’ve just started to really notice how old I’m getting…thanks to my skin & teenagers!

  4. Lindsay says:

    I think it is important to remember to give others’ grace just as Christ does for us each day. If you see someone beautiful who does not act beautiful, think about the trials they may be facing or maybe they are hiding behind a veil of insecurity and loneliness….maybe they need grace from you. Let us not be quick to point out the faults of others in a cold world. Instead let us spread a little beauty around with grace and seeing the best in one another. ‘people are the same wherever you go, there is good and bad in everyone…’

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