The value of Inner beauty
Written about my wife Elaine by Chuck Weiskircher © 6/27/2014
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
There you are and here I am.
If we put up a blanket between us it would not mean you were gone, just out of sight.
The same is true when the lights go out at night.
I could still hear you and you would hear me.
I could tell you my thoughts as you also share yours with me.
Nothing would change on the inside; who we are and what we feel and believe would remain the same.
External looks would be meaningless.
How tall we are, our weight, our age, skin color; laugh lines and hair lines would be unimportant.
Hearing the truth becomes what is important.
Getting to know the real you, deep down in the core of your being; that is where your true beauty lives.
The darkness cannot hide your compassion, your grace, your spirit of faithfulness and forgiveness.
The blanket cannot disguise the depths of your passion or your desire to make a positive difference.
The fullness of your love for others is displayed by your words and deeds, not by how you look to the world.
Your gentle spirit of contentment with that which God has given you shines like a beacon.
Your creative nature and light hearted laughter can be heard in the humor you share.
Your intelligence is reflected in your answers to the tough questions children ask.
Your trustworthiness is displayed in how you value the work you do as a volunteer as well as at your job.
There is no hiding the inner confidence you have as it shines like the sun in your smile.
The way you share your love of God with others is an example to all who see or hear you.
The way your face shines when you sing songs of praise displays your inner beauty in your joy of the Lord.
You display your inner beauty whenever you show compassion and comfort to the hurting.
Whenever you see people feeling down you try to think of some way to build them up and give them hope.
When others feel lost and alone you give them guidance, confidence and the ability to see themselves as God sees them.
When you have been wronged I have seen your inner beauty when you prayed for those who caused you pain.
Through all the pain and suffering this life has thrown your way I have seen you overcome it all through your hope and faith in God.