If I heard my mom say them once, I heard it, at least, 100 times……
They may have been her motto. Or, perhaps, a motto she hoped for me. It was her repeated attempt to shift my focus from the external – and all that I so often found lacking – to the internal. And, yes…Mom was right. And, yes, with each passing year, I become more and more my mother. But it has been a slow learn, to be sure, and even in this phase of life…..this distorted focus can trip me up. Rob my joy – making me feel “less than,” unqualified and defeated.
Godly character is beautiful. It outdoes any lipstick, cute hair-cut or the “perfect” figure. I like all the pretty things and try to look my best. Totally not against cute hair-cuts or make-up. But character shines past all of it. It pleases the heart of my savior and it is noticed by others. “Hmm – something about her. She is just so pretty.” All of us have seen it before. The radiance of godly character. That is “pretty is as pretty does.” I want to remember Mom’s words. And her character. She was beautiful. (STOP)
Today’s FMF prompt – beautiful. Character can, and should, be beautiful. So are manners. And everyday acts of love. Unselfishness. And family. When I was sick, I was reminded of all of this. This haven I call home is a beautiful blessing. When so very much around us is not only ugly but just plain evil, we can miss the beauty that is around us. There were so many ways to look at this week’s prompt! I look forward to seeing what the others have to say. You, too, can check it out here. Have a beautiful weekend:)