What is the difference between beautiful and ugly?
For some people, that’s a life or death question. Images come to mind, along with compliments, insults, tears and smiles.
But honestly, what is the difference between beautiful and ugly?
Beautiful is made up of the letters: b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. And ugly is made up of the letters: u-g-l-y.
They are just words, describing words, overrated describing words.
You see, too often, people judge themselves based on the words that have been used to describe them. They automatically think that whatever other people say about them is true.
If someone says, “You’re ugly.” We automatically think. “Oh, I know! My nose is too big.”
If someone says, “You’re beautiful.” We automatically think, “Thank you! That’s why I love it when I fix my hair this way!”
However, the truth is: words that are spoken about you can only be partially true. Sure, you can have a beautiful face, or have an ugly attitude, but you are not beautiful or ugly. Those are just descriptive words; they are not exact enough to describe all of you.
You are beyond description. No one word can summarize all that you are. Your loving Creator made you to be a unique, many-faceted being. He didn’t create you to be beautiful or ugly; He created you to be you.
That’s all that truly matters, all the other words can fall by the wayside. When you look into the mirror from now on, don’t wonder if you’re beautiful or ugly — those are mere words in a dictionary. Instead, try to see yourself the way God sees you. He created you to be different and special. Rejoice in that; thank Him for that. When you down yourself, you’re downing His artistic creativity.
So you don’t look the way society thinks you should? So what? Society changes its mind on the way perfection should look every time a celebrity dyes their hair a new color.
No, God’s opinion is the only one that matters. Here are some Scriptural expressions of His opinion (they’re different than the ones you’re expecting, believe me):
The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zeph 3: 17 NIV
“They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.” Malachi 3:17 NKJV
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
the Lord has forgotten me.”
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are ever before me.” Isaiah 49:14-16 NIV