Me beautiful? Please, I’ve heard bigger lies. I who sin constantly, by lies, anger, and jealousy. If that’s beautiful to you, then you’re messed up. The thing is, I’m just like any other human. If you saw what I was truly like on the inside, you would not think I am beautiful. The fact is, even though I can hide secrets from you, God still sees every thought, action, and motive, which drives me to take each step of every single day. I’m sad to say that most of the time I don’t take the right steps. If it were not for Christ’s death on the cross, I would give up hope of ever being with God. No, I’m not beautiful; any hint of beauty you see in me is completely God. God who is pure, just, and holy. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, I have been given God’s divine beauty, the beauty of tomorrow; never having to worry about it ending. My body will wither and die, but my soul will remain whole and alive. It is only by the blood of Christ that I am made new, that my soul alights with a burning passion to follow the Lord. Only by his grace that I can even write these words. If I were God, I wouldn’t love me. But I’m not, and that is the most amazing truth. No, I am not beautiful, but Christ, He is the very one that defines beauty. Every time I try to imagine the Lord, I have to close my eyes, because the world is so ugly; I can’t stand to look at it anymore. The place that had once been beautiful, no longer. Our world, ourselves, is so foul I don’t even know how someone can label anything as beautiful. We are so filthy, yet Christ still loves us. To me, that is the truest of beauty. A love that shows no end, one so great that we get to spend it eternally with the Lord.
Written by, ~Amy Cook, age 16
Originally posted: April 18, 2015
Photo credit: gladssicat.blogspot.com