"Beauty is Fleeting"
by Kimberly Snider
Missionary to the Philippines
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a
woman who fears the Lord is to be praised"
When I was a little girl, my very favorite story was
Remember the story? A poor servant girl becomes a
beautiful princess, marries a handsome prince and lives
happily ever after. The story starts like this: "Once upon
a time, there was a girl who was as good as she was
I have always wanted to be beautiful and good.
It is not wrong to want to be beautiful, but the Bible says
it is not the most important thing. The Bible says beauty
does not last.
When there is pressure to look young and beautiful all the
time, we can remember that physical beauty is not the
best kind of beauty. Peter, a married apostle, talks about
beauty this way: "It (a woman's beauty) should be that of
your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet
spirit" (1 Peter 3:4).
As we grow older and it gets harder to be beautiful, it is
comforting to remember that God looks at the heart, not
at the body.
Recently, I met a woman at a conference. My first
thought was that she was quite unattractive. I was
surprised to see that she was married to a very
handsome man. I wondered about his attraction to her.
As I listened to her talk about Jesus, her face began to
glow. Her warmth and caring were unmistakable. After a
few minutes, all I could see in her face was the love of
Jesus overflowing to me. She became beautiful in my
I know what her husband sees, and I know what Jesus
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