(Photo by Lindsay O’Neil)
A Note from the Editor: May 2016
By Selma Komisky
“God saw all that he made, and it was very good…”
– Genesis 1:31 (NIV)
It’s something hard to visualize, a concealed private place nobody can actually see, and it goes unappreciated many times. It’s a deep enclosed treasure that, when tapped into, releases a radiance that shines through! What am I talking about you ask? I’m referring to inner beauty.
I believe there is an inner beauty just as there is an outward physical beauty. There are countless beautiful women that we have seen and been in contact with, but how many of us have encountered women with true spiritual inner beauty? Their inner beauty strikes us as breathtaking, refreshing, contagious, timeless, radiant and authentic. It is usually displayed with a welcoming smile, their kindness, a special grace, a godly character and a giving heart.
Although men are attracted to women with spiritual inner beauty, some guys may be swayed with what they can immediately see (not to say the godly gal with inner beauty isn’t lovely outwardly). However, sometimes they find out the flawless outward beauty, is rude, selfish, and unpleasant, which is not beautiful at all and something guys wouldn’t really admire if they got to know them better.
Ultimately, only God can define what true beauty looks like. I invite you to stop and appreciate God’s magnificent beauty. Whether you read about it or admire the photos in this issue of “Marked Ministry” magazine, you will agree with me that our Almighty Creator is a genius! See how He uniquely designed everyone as His masterpiece and gave us all wonderful beauty traits inside and out.
The key is to stay close to Jesus and focus on him. Allow him to cultivate your spiritual walk with him and build you up. Accentuate the qualities and enhance features God has blessed you with and start to feel good and positive about yourself. God wants you to be you, not someone you’re not, so don’t try to meet someone else’s expectations. God wants you to derive your value and worth from Him, not man.
No matter what, remember God says, “You are beautiful.” He made everything good and you are enough! Enough that Jesus went to the cross and gave his life for you!
“Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
(1 Peter 3:4, NIV)