Updated: Feb 24
Intrinsic : [in-trin-sik] adjective : belonging to a thing by its very nature: relating to the essential qualities or features of something or someone
Anatomy : belonging to or within a given part.
What is it about yourself that you like? Anything? Can you name one thing you like about yourself?If this is hard for you, you may be duped into believing what culture says is beautiful. For me, as you can see by the title, I love my chub roll. The muffin top. That excess chub that I can not only pinch, but actually hold and wiggle. Ya'll know what i am referring to! This extra tire around my waist that has been a beautiful creation made of all those heartfelt family dinners, popcorn while I watch movies with my people, and mostly, those who know me well, Mr. Hoffman's heavenly chocolate chip cookies. It is all part of my intrinsic value by definition.
Our beauty on the outside tells our story. You know what I mean. When you meet a sister for the first time, there is an undeniable connection. It feels like your souls have known each other's for a long time so you see her and she sees you too. In that moment there is vulnerability, and grace with so much beauty to have the courage to peer into the depth so you get to see each other's hearts. When you notice the lines beside her eyes from the laughter He has given her to enjoy life on this side of eternity, that squinted up all that joy from uncontrollable belly laughs. Or you may see the wisdom that her face beholds revealing her pain or sorrow, that she now carries to help others through their hurt places. Women this is our beauty! It is in the quiet places of reflection. Beauty is in the scars and wounds from brokenness. It can be seen in that little crooked grin that shows up, when underneath lies a glimpse of a full on smile pushing through, that desperately wants to be seen.
God says that a gentle, quiet spirit is of most worth, rather than a woman's outer adornment (1 Peter 3:3-4.) So, why do we insist on changing how God made us instead of working on being gentle and kind as women? For each of us, this answer will vary. Honestly, I do see that the value we place on beauty is about our faith. We are to teach the younger women to love God and the beauty He created in each of them. When we want to change our appearance to suit what we think beauty is, we may just be telling the younger generation, the opposite of what God says.Intrinsic beauty is believing God and trusting you were made purposely the way you are. 1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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.