Cultivating Inner Beauty

I Peter 3:3-5

The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.

Did Peter REALLY know what he was talking about here? Normally I would answer with a confident yes, but I surprised myself again this week by seeing that my reality was a resounding no.

I got a haircut last week and it did not turn out the way I had imagined. I know, that is almost ALWAYS how it goes, but this time I was really down about it. It was a cool haircut that just didn’t flatter me – at least, in my opinion. Dan kept telling me how cool it looked, but nothing mattered; I didn’t like it and I was grumpy about it.

Luckily, a good friend happened to be home for the weekend and she “fixed” it. My attitude and self-confidence improved almost immediately. I’m embarrassed to even say that! Here’s the ammeded version:

So, I guess all I can say is that I’m further away from the truth of this exhortation from Peter than I had hoped. I suppose, however, that the most important thing to remember is to keep cultivating that inner beauty. Maybe as I do that, I’ll learn to be less reliant on my outward beauty for contentment and find that, instead of being in opposition, the two can be rather complementary.

4 thoughts on “Cultivating Inner Beauty

  1. I would like to say, Amen to you. Remember when a certain leader called me out in front of everyone by pointing out that I was vain? It was completely true of course. But I can’t think what in the world that accomplished. I still have terribly, terribly vain moments where the way I feel about my looks affects everything. I love those inner beauty passages. But true inner beauty actually has a way of seeping through to the outside. And unfortunately the opposite is sometimes true. Bad hair days just travel right through to my soul. I adore the new haircut by the way.

  2. You look great! And you’re so brave to try something new. I always get the same haircut because I fear change, and also I’m lazy. So hooray for going for something different. Even if it’s not what you hoped, you went for it!

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