Outward Appearances

I read my little snippet of fiction that I posted last week over and I cannot help but wonder what anyone who may have read that thought or felt. (is anybody reading? probably not, but that's okay.) There was so much focus on outward appearance in that little piece. I even made mention of how the character's outward appearance made her feel better on the inside. This is something I struggle with. That is one of the reasons I felt the need to write in such a way. (another is that I was trying to exercise the descriptive part of my wanna-be writer's mind)

I have blogged in this space before on outward appearances, you can find that post here. I have come to the conclusion that they outward does not matter, and I truly believe it. Does that make it easy not to focus on outward appearances though? No. No it does not. We are products of our society and society deems appearance importance. It goes deeper than that though too of course. We all have an inborn desire to be liked and appreciated and how we look affects how we feel about ourselves and how we think others will feel about us. So while outward appearances are not really important, they are hard not to focus on.

So how can you, and I, and everyone else cope with the pressures society and our own psyches put on us to focus on those outward appearances? Through His word. As with all things, look to Him when you are not capable of accomplishing something on your own.

 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
                                                                                                      1 Peter 3:3-4