Rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight.”—1 Peter 3:4
It is often said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder…I’m thinking now of the old children’s Sunday-school song; Jesus Loves the Little Children and the verse: ”Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight”
Being precious in one’s sight is the crux of the matter. If we can, as the song says, look through the outer surface to find the inner beauty of all that we know and see, that is the essence of a rebirth in our thinking and our own spiritual existence. Finding beauty in what we see around us is a gift that we need to advance within our own lives every day.
Our October Unity author compares the eye in which we see beauty with the “I” of our soul where we discover true beauty from within. Beauty from within is found when we begin to realize there are new places to seek and discover beauty. Spiritual beauty, the beauty of nature, and the beauty one finds in others who are caring and loving. Some may have heard the poem which the late actress Audrey Hepburn often cited:
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
We need to find beauty in the things around us. In times of sadness, and through the pain and uncertainty of life, there is the time we need to simply stop. To reflect and to plan, to regroup and then move forward with life. Often we are told to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ Finding the beauty of things, finding appreciation in small things, in the beauty of nature and the inner beauty of the soul, these are the things that we discover are precious in God’s sight. They are the outward signs of inward grace that we seek in our lives.