True, unfading beauty


I found this quote on the Joni and Friends website, and I really like it. I don’t know much about Audrey Hepburn, but she has a few wise words here.

“If you want to have attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it every once a while. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed – never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands – one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.”—Audrey Hepburn

Even wiser words (of course) are found in the Bible. This is what I pray I will be.

 “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.”  -1 Peter 3:3-6

Won’t you pray, ladies, that you will be kind, a servant, and thus, even if the world counts you among the ‘plain’, you will have an inner beauty of better worth than the most stunning beauty in the world? Your character of godliness and holiness will result in a joy and peace that causes you to be beautiful to both God and man. That kind of beauty is pleasing to God and worth striving for!


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