Hi, lovely readers! So if you have read any of my other posts, you know by now that I am your friendly We Are Beautiful Wikipedia/Encyclopedia. Basically, I like to start a lot of my posts and break down the meaning of words. I think it helps build understanding, but also defining things helps me when I am studying the Bible. So here goes nothing!
This month we are talking about what it looks like to be a “real” Christian and how to have a solid foundation. What is a foundation? In Webster’s Dictionary, it is defined as an underlying basis or principle for something. It is an idea or principle that provides support for something. A few synonyms for foundation are beginning, a starting point, a premise or a base.
So basically, it is the beginning of something. It is the building blocks from which you start anything. With that in mind, I want to ask you a honest question: Where does the foundation of your beauty lie? What is it based on? Just take a moment to really, really think and be honest with yourself.
Done thinking? Great. If we are being honest with ourselves, then I think some of these might be possible answers:
- The number of likes/followers I get on social media
- How I measure up to my friends and my social media “friends”
- A past or present relationship or my ability to get a future relationship
- His/her opinion of me
- That one thing that so and so said to me years ago
- A traumatic experience that happened to me
- People’s opinions and treatment of me
- My weight, social status, my hair, my skin, my jean size
- My own fluctuating emotions
If any of those responses ring true for you, lovely sister, then it’s time we go back to the drawing board. All the things listed above are fluctuating. They change. They are opinion based. The foundation for anything cannot move, fluctuate or change. If, lets say the foundation of a house did this, then the people in the house would be in a lot of trouble!
Let’s look at what the Bible says about foundation: “He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” Luke 6:48
A rock? Wait, what is this passage referring to? Here Jesus is giving a parable about the people who hear his teachings. The one who disregards his words is likened to a builder constructing a house on sand that won’t withstand the storms. The one who hears his words and obeys is likened to a wise builder, whose house will withstand rain, flash floods, and fierce winds because it is built on a rock.
A rock, darling! Yes, a rock! That house is not moving.
I would argue this same analogy can be used for the idea of beauty and knowing who you are. If your sense of worth, value and beauty is built on anything on the list above or truthfully anything other than God’s word, then you are in danger of being knocked down. You are in danger of losing sight of your beauty.
We’ve all done it. We’ve made beauty something God never intended for it be. We have made it something we try to harness and control. We are always seeking to attain more of it. Maybe true beauty comes from the knowledge that you are loved, that you are chosen by the Creator of the Universe for a purpose specifically for you. Maybe true beauty comes in knowing you are good because your Father says so. And maybe the knowledge of that alone is enough to stand on a rock, a firm foundation of beauty.
I pray He whispers this over your heart today. You are good because He says so. You are enough because He says so. This should be the foundation of your beauty and nothing else. Will you stand on this rock with me?
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