Children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one's youth. Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. ~Psalm 127:3-5

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Beauty of UGLY

Some people are ugly because their heart is ugly.  They can be attractive on the outside, but their actions and mannerisms and words are ugly.  They treat other people with little respect, they talk down to others, they try to control them, and they dismiss them unless they are deemed useful to the [ugly] person.  This is true UGLINESS.  Yet God loves them anyway.

What our world deems as 'ugly' is usually based on our outward appearance.  Think of the story The Ugly Duckling.  The duckling wasn't deemed beautiful because it did not have downy white feathers as the rest of the ducklings did. "Ugly" by today's standards is the same idea. It's all about what you look like. People who don't have the prettiest face, bone structure, slender waist, perfect hair, are all deemed ugly.  Some people go to great lengths to look beautiful according to the world.  Some even go dangerous routes to do so, going under the knife to alter their appearance.  It's a superficial stance, one that really warrants its own makeover.

But the beauty of "ugly" in either scenario is that these people - fat, thin, short, tall, "pretty" or not so pretty, and even mean-spirited or not, really are not ugly but beautiful because they were made in the image of GOD.  God is LOVE.  Love is beautiful.  Try to put that under a scalpel to dissect and rearrange.  You can't.  No matter how badly you want to erase all the mean people of the world who are truly ugly, or even the ones you don't find attractive, beauty will exist in each one because of God's love. 

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