"IIs Cindy Crawford ever going to get that nasty mole removed?" the girl next to me on the airplane asked, to no one in particular, as she flipped through a magazine.

That was the last straw. If Cindy's beautiful face could be so maligned, I was going to get my moles removed. So, I had five moles removed. It was painful — I wouldn't do it again, but now that the wo- unds are heal-ed, I have to admit I like my un-moley face.

I work in a callous business, television, where careers can be made or dashed on looks.

So I'm always searching for insurance, a guarantee, an improvement. My girlfriends love it that I'm the guinea pig — one of the first to try the needles, creams and serums.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Think of a celebrity you don't think is particularly handsome or pretty.

You have probably asked yourself, "What does everyone see in her (or him)?" And we could all name a friend who may not conform to 21st century beauty standards, but who, by strength of personality or love of life, seems very attractive.

I have two opinions about this. One may startle you. So here it goes: as Christians, we should strive to look our best. We are walking billboards for Jesus. A few years ago, I worked for renowned pastor Charles Stanley. He had a sign above the employee entrance: "Look your best! Be your best! Do your best!" If we look drab or unkempt, non-believers may wonder why they would want to join our tribe.

On the other hand, we know that internal beauty is what counts eternally. Wrinkles will win, our vitality will fade and those platitudes moms everywhere are famous for saying will come true:

"Pretty is as pretty does!"

"You can't judge a book by its cover."

"If you're pretty on the inside, you'll be pretty on the outside."

So how do you get prettier on the inside? Be happy by counting your blessings, instead of dwelling on your curses. Determine to love others. Decide once and for all that God does take care of you. Those three steps will give you a beautiful smile, inspire sparkling eyes of compassion and erase the worry lines.

And instead of estimating your face value, you'll know your soul value. And you might save a lot of money on potions and lotions—and mole removals.


"God sees not as a man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7 (NASB)



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