Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Your Own Special Beauty

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Your Own Special Beauty

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PROBABLY all of us want to feel beautiful or attractive--whether we're girls or boys, men or women. Among other things, television commercials and programs always imply that good looks are important. Sometimes they try to persuade us that if you dress a certain way or have a particular hairstyle, you'll be more desirable and make more friends. It's tempting, isn't it? Just get that special pair of shoes and you'll be special! The thing I always wonder about is: What happens when you take the shoes or the makeup or whatever off? Do you stop being special? What if the shoes wear out or go out of fashion? It seems as if there must be a better way to be beautiful and to make friends, something that's more permanent--that won't wear out or go out of fashion. Have you ever thought about beauty as something all of us have from God? The Bible tells us that God made everything. So we can honestly say that we are God's children. In Ecclesiastes the Bible also says of God's creation, "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time" (3:11). Really to understand beauty, then, we need to know at least a little bit about God and His love for His whole creation, including us. Learning more of God, who is Spirit, shows us that the essence of true beauty isn't in a physical body but in what we are inside. If you think about people you love or admire, you'll probably find that the thing that makes you really love them is something from within--their joy, perhaps expressed as a great sense of humor, for example. Other qualities that make us beautiful and attractive are love, grace, intelligence, kindness, and goodness. These qualities come to us from God, whom Christ Jesus taught us to know as divine Love. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered and founded Christian Science, explains that Love, God, is the source of all beauty. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she writes, "It is Love which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness" (p. …
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