You are beautiful because of your kindness, your personality, character, passion, and integrity. These are the things that make you beautiful.

Last week I was at the store with my kids. A stranger approached us and from a distance, I could see they had burn scars on their face. I always worry my kids will say something out loud about another person’s appearance. Not because my kids are rude or have mean intentions, but simply because they say what they think. How would I recover from an out loud question, “Dad, why is their face like that?”

As this person got closer, I prayed quickly that my kids wouldn’t say anything. This stranger met us at the cart return and was so nice to my kids and me. They kindly greeted us and helped us get our cart. They wished us on our way with a big smile. It was at that moment I was reminded of one of life’s greatest truths: All people are beautiful. It’s how we live that makes us ugly.

No one is born ugly (some of us really need to know that). Ugliness is what we look like when our actions don’t reflect the life God has called us to live. Lies we tell, harsh words we use, and acting out in anger can make us ugly. Often, it’s the way we treat others that is the truest reflection of our beauty.

We don’t need a makeover to be beautiful because we already are. We just need to stop allowing ugly habits to cover our true beauty.

“It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from inside you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. That beauty will never disappear. It is worth very much to God.”
1 Peter 3:3-4