Have you ever thought you weren’t “beautiful” or attractive? Have you considered that others might think that about themselves too? In a world that places so much attention on external beauty, even the famous struggle with their “defects.”
You may not know the name Luca Dotti, but it is likely that you have heard of the star of his new book, Audrey in Rome. The book includes over 2,500 pictures taken of his mother, Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn is famous for a graceful beauty, a beauty which one writer called, “absolute 100% unmatched perfection.” Nevertheless, it turns out that Hepburn didn’t see herself quite the way others did. Dotti tells us that Hepburn “thought she had a big nose and big feet, and she was too skinny…She would look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t understand why people see me as beautiful.’”
In fact, she put a “humble” spin on it by saying that she was not “beautiful,” but rather, a “good mixture of defects.” A good mixture of defects! I love that phrase because it captures the essence of our perfection in God’s eyes. God knows we aren’t perfect, but our beauty in God’s eyes isn’t wrapped up in perfection or beauty as the world sees it. Consider the following through God’s eyes:
1) God created him; male and female He created them…and it was very good (Genesis 1:27, 31).
2) The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
3) Beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised (Proverbs 31:30).
All our righteous acts are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). No one is good except God alone (Mark 10:18). And yet, God welcomes us if we come to Him through Christ (John 14:6). He loves and desires us so much that, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We are beautiful in His eyes. We are, “a good mixture of defects.”
Do you see yourself as God sees you? Accept Jesus and begin walking in the faith today. Defects and all, you can be been made beautiful in Christ!