"It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But too often, we choose the wrong beholder- ourselves and others, flawed beings who can't see clearly. Only God has perfect vision, seeing beyond the false exterior to the authentic heart. And when He looks at you, He sees an unmatched creation, someone He loves enough to die for."
Ouch- right? Michele goes on to list things that God sees as beautiful and not a single one of them focus on the exterior.
See part of this balance thing for me- part of this working out and exercising isn't just for the external- and while that's part of it- what it's really all about is getting to the heart of the matter. MY heart. The heart that's laid dormant, the heart that's been through a winter, the heart that two years ago this week made a decision that would take a broken, bitter (not by a relationship) heart to a place where healing has finally started. The heart that almost gave up if it were not for the love of friends and family- and a God that never gave up on me. This balance thing- it's done a number on my heart- it's shown me that I can be a good teacher while still taking care of myself. It's shown me that I may have to work a little harder but a small treat every once in a while doesn't have to derail me. It's shown me that if I take the step down the wrong path I have the light that will get me back in the right direction.
So- what does Michele say are things that God sees as beautiful? (just a few because I highly recommend you get this book yourself) Giving your life for another, comforting those who hurt, finding joy in the ordinary of each day, believing God is with us, even when we feel alone and my favorite- "Beautiful is knowing you're beautiful, believing your beautiful, because the one who sees the real you better than anyone else says so."
When reading this chapter and journaling after- I hit on something I want to try for the month of February- I am working on putting it all together in my head and on paper but it's coming. So- hopefully I can get that post together and flesh it all out by Wednesday!