Tuesday, July 5, 2011

the beauty {or beast} within

As a poor college student, sometimes you learn to make do.   As a poor college student living in a town where you know not a soul, you really learn how to make do.  So last Friday night, I grabbed some KFC grilled chicken and a Redbox DVD for a combined total of $3.23 and made a night of it. 

My movie of choice?  Beastly.  

For those of you who haven’t heard of it {probably many}, Beastly is a modern-day take off of Beauty and the Beast where a New York teen named Kyle thinks he’s God’s gifts to mankind and tramples over his classmates without even a second thought. 

Soon enough he crosses the wrong one, and classmate Kendra—who unbeknownst to him is a witch—decides to transform his outward beauty to match his inward.  The result is so hideous that Kyle’s own father refuses to look at him and moves him away.  Kendra gives Kyle one year to find someone to love him or stay that way forever.

The movie continues exactly how you predict it will in both a cheesy and unbelievable fashion.  But I’m not really looking to criticize the movie.

I want to consider the concept.  What if my outward appearance reflected the state of my heart? 

In Kyle’s transformed state, tattoos and scars covered every part of his body.  What if my sins were tattooed on my forehead?

In a culture obsessed with physical appearance, we often spend too much time taking care of the outside.  I am certainly guilty of that.  One look at my check register will show you exactly how much money I spend on trips to the salon, make-up, hair products and clothes.  One look at my schedule will display just how much time I spend getting ready each morning.

And I am not saying these things are bad.  But what if I spent as much time and energy on my inward beauty as I did my outward?  I have a feeling the rewards would be more eternal.

Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

~1 Peter 3:3-4

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