“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”
—1 Peter 3:3-4 (NKJV)
Moment of real: I’ve struggled with this one. I’ve spent far too much money, time, and attention on the first part of this verse. (Let me tell you how I love pretty heels and spent far too much for them…) But there’s always this reminder there, hovering in the background, whispering that we’re so much more than this. We’re not to be defined by an airbrushed photo in a magazine. By a pair of heels. By a closet full of designer clothes in a certain size. By the ideal of beauty that our culture finds pristine. (Oh, I’m talking to myself here.)
There’s something beautiful in gentle. I’ve seen it. In hands that care in a hospital. In eyes that tear at a child’s wedding. In the loving embrace of hard-fought forgiveness. This mid-week, I want to be surrounded by gentle.
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With mid-week JOY,