Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chasing Beauty


They rise like mini portraitures in my memory. In every country, every village, every culture in which I have had the privilege of visiting or living.  

The stooped little lady, her black eyes sparkling with life, beautiful in a faded kimono on a back street of Japan my first day there as a new teacher. The wisened old grandmother with missing teeth, wrapped in a long red cloth in my dusty Kenyan village, sitting for hours teaching me how to slow down. 

My noble sister-friend in North Africa, eyes almost blinded by an angry husband, yet shining with insight and kindness as she showed me how to be gentle. My spiritual mother, standing before a crowd of hundreds making truth clear with her teaching gift, yet making me feel like I was the only one in the room and taking time for tea in my small apartment.

Then there is the friend who walks in strength and grace after devastating loss, focused and giving generously when it would appear all was taken from her.  

All of these women have taught me true beauty. They have made me want to chase it, to frantically, devotedly, with fierce determination, dig through the layers of fake beauty in this world and find the True. The Lasting.

True beauty, when beheld, creates a desperate frenzy in my heart to cast off all that lies to us as women, all that pulls us toward falseness, and grow in the beauty that does not fade. 

Life is fading, a constant demise. We are dying daily. Our bodies are wearying, our skin sagging, our minds aging. We cry out for eternity. Yet in God’s mystery, there is another way to live through this inevitable passing. It is possible to increase in True Beauty while our bodies, our external beauty, decreases.

True beauty is tied inextricably to Truth. God’s Truth in us creates His beauty in us. Growing in Truth grows us in True Beauty. 

We believe lies about what will make us beautiful, or we believe Truth that He has made us beautiful. We compare ourselves to each other, believing the lie that we are not good enough, or we stand in the truth that we were made wonderfully and intentionally and we say along with our Creator God, It is good.

We can choose to chase youth, or we can choose to chase lasting beauty. My role models are beautiful because each has discovered a strength beyond her very strong self and its inevitable limitations. Each made the choice long ago to fix her eyes on others, cultivating humility. Every one chose to become True Beauty chasers, without apology for her out-of-fashion clothing, honest answers, or eccentric habits.

How will we age? Will we grasp after youth, or decide firmly to chase after the beauty that will never fade?

Please join this vital conversation. We need to learn from one another, hold one another accountable for chasing True Beauty.

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