Thursday, August 16, 2007

Deep Thought: Everyone Is Beautiful

One time when I was waitering I was hit with this incredible thought. Literally, I staggered, as if my eyes had been opened to something completely new:

"Everyone is beautiful."

It sounds simple, but what does it mean? Here's what comes to my mind. In our society we consider some people to be beautiful and some to be ugly. Some are gorgeous and some are hideous. It's amazing really how we can reduce people to such terms - beautiful . . . or not. Like most people, I do this all the time. Whether the beauty is physical or in some other way, we forget that we are made in the image of God. When I go to tables now, I try to see people as God sees them - beautiful people made imago dei (in God's image). When I do this, I find I am much more pleasant, patient, and caring. There is literally beauty in everyone and once you accept this precept, you can begin to see it. By the way, the image today is the Chinese character for "beauty."

If you have a moment, meditate on that thought for awhile or if you can for a whole day. Write it down somewhere see how it affects you with your family, job, or church. And in case no one else tells you today: "You are beautiful" Whether you can believe it or not.

May Light increase!

1 comment:

Rayna said...

Excellent reminder! Thanks Mark! I know at different times I am also reminded of the fact that all people are made in God's image, which not only makes them beautiful, but I am also reminded that the depraved things that we do are as a result of the fall and Satan lying to us. It is so sad how sick and twisted some people have allowed themselves to become. And God loves the lowest of the low and wants to have a relationship with them just the same as me. Sobering thought. And encouraging at the same time.