Friday, November 21, 2008

Diverse Beauty

*I've seen a lot of bloggers over the last couple of months re-posting things they've written in the past. Seems like a great idea to me, since when I started this blog, I didn't have very many readers (not that I have tons now). I'm guessing most of you never saw my earliest posts, so this old material will be new to you. As things get busy over the next few weeks, I'll pull some old posts from the archives that I think might be worth revisiting. The following was originally published October 13, 2004.*

"Whom do you know who models the beauty of Christ in her spirit?"

This was one of the questions at Bible study tonight, and God has blessed me to be able to come up with a long list of women. There are so many beautiful women in my life who immediately came to mind! But what struck me as I scribbled down a few names was how different they all are. Some are quiet and gentle; others are boisterous and outspoken. Some are married, some single; some my age, some more than three times my age. Their personalities and interests, talents and skills, are as different as their physical characteristics.

I love to think about that: "modeling the beauty of Christ" is not a cookie-cutter image! All these women are so different, but they all model Christ to me. And I don't have to look exactly like any of them to model Christ to others.

2 comments:

Laura said...

I was just thinking about this last night. One person may be a great example of Christ's compassion while another may be able to share hard-learned lessons about His mercy or His discipline or His grace. There is so much to who Christ is, one person could never master all areas to truly show Him, but we have an eternity to grow more and more like Him, and even in all that time, He will still be infinitely beautiful and amazing and awesome, and we'll still have more to learn of Him. I'm probably not expressing what I want to say right, but your entry here meshed with what I was talking to God about last night, anyways. :*)

Amy said...

Yes! Thanks for commenting, Laura. That's not exactly what I was thinking about back when I first wrote this, but I was thinking along those same lines when I reposted it Friday, and in fact almost added a paragraph or two to that effect! His beauty is so infinite that it takes a whole body to even begin to reflect it--not simply one person. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts.