Tuesday, November 27, 2012

1 Peter 3:4 “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”

My little girl loves to dress up.  She likes to play dress up with her princess dresses but even more she likes to wear fancy dresses that sparkle and twirl.  We are quickly coming upon the time of year where there are many holiday parties and church services that we can dress up and adorn ourselves with beautiful clothes for.  Stores are filled with fancy dresses and suits to make us look beautiful and handsome for whatever our event may be.  We are inundated with ideas that our hair should not be allowed to show gray, our wrinkles should be hidden or erased, all so we can present ourselves as “beautiful”.  Today’s verse reminds us that true beauty, ageless beauty comes from within.  Our spirit shines through whatever we put on the outside of our bodies.  Take time this season to seek the Spirit of God.  This Spirit brings us to a place where we can be gentle and quiet.  Then as we move into our days, we are able to shine that inner beauty of gentleness and quiet out into the world.

As we dress for our days or our parties, whatever we have to do, remind us to “dress” our hearts for you.  Lay your Spirit of gentleness and quiet in our hearts so as we go and go and go, we do it with that precious underlying beauty that only you can give.  Use us to be agents of peace and quiet; of gentleness this day.  Amen.