Beauty is as Beauty Does

My Granny used to quote this when I was busy grooming myself instead of doing the dishes. We use the word beauty so loosely. The star wears a $3,000 dollar gown and we say beautiful.

This verse about Queen Vashti makes me think the king might be just as attached to the crown as he was to his queen.

Bring Queen Vashti, wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles, for she was lovely to look at.

(Esther 1:11, NIV)

Meanwhile, Esther was apparently beautiful, but before she went to the king someone decided she needed beautifying.

It started with beauty treatments and special food, seven female attendants and the best spot in the harem. She also required twelve months of beauty treatments, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.

(From Esther 2:9,12, NIV)

But Peter says: Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, elaborate hairstyles and gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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 3:3-4, NIV)

Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.

(Coco Chanel)

How is your inner self doing today?

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