Sam is one ugly dog! He is the winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in California for the 3rd year in a row. According to the NBC website Sam is a 14 year old Chinese Crested and was a shoe-in to win the contest. His owner, Susie Lockheed, said that even the judges recoil with horror when they first see him. I have known some ugly people in my life. Someone has said, “Beauty is only skin-deep but ugly goes clean to the bone!” That is true is we are talking about real beauty. Appearance is superficial, it is what is inside that counts. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess
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Solomon described outward beauty as being vain (Proverbs 31:30). The NIV translates the term vain as “fleeting.” Both charm and beauty are superficial and temporary. Real beauty originates from the heart (1 Peter 3:1-4) when a woman displays (1) reverence towards God (Proverbs 31:30), (2) a meek and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:4), (3) being submissive toward her husband (1 Peter 3:5-6).
Elizabeth Taylor, considered at one time to be the most beautiful woman in the world, died recently at 79. (Don’t get me started on her and her Hollywood ilk.) So here’s one of the great philosophical discussions (really!) of all time as your nudge for the weekend: define beauty.
Describe what makes a person beautiful.
Our grandmothers said that beauty is as beauty does. But be more specific.
A related question is how beauty relates to men. Usually, in the past, at least, men were called handsome, rather than beautiful. Who knows what the egalitarian extremes require today.
Note: The picture, by the way, was the first to pop up in a Google search for beauty.
When I study commentaries for a lesson or article/book, I look for powerful information and beautiful writing. In the latter category, one of the most poetic and engaging writers is John Phillips. We apparently share the belief that we should write so as to be quoted. Not with abstract flights of fancy, but with concise, penetrating prose that remains with the reader’s imagination.
I am reading his commentary on Philippians for a sermon on 4:6-8, and I came across this gem, “A great river of peace was thrown like a moat around the citadel of his soul.” Wow.
Let me hasten to add, that Guy N. Woods certainly wrote to be quoted and his pen was powerful. May we strive to be such writers!
I was reading the Profile page on Facebook recently when I ran across the news of a Disney channel celebrity who has recently entered rehab. It seems this young star has been battling an eating disorder and cutting herself.
There was a comment on the thread that was disturbing. A teen remarked that she couldn’t understand how this star could go through something like that, especially considering how beautiful she was.
Society has told us that we must be beautiful and if we are then life will be perfect. No problems, no worries, no needs, but the truth is, we are only beautiful in the eyes of Jesus. Without Him, we are as ugly as the sins we commit.
Don’t be fooled by the lies of this world. Find your purpose, find your beauty, find your future in Christ.