Beauty is Real
by Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes
Our culture has forgotten that Beauty is not a singular, outward thing. What is beautiful is not all appearance or something in the material world. It is also not a pursuit or an achievement. I cannot seek to become more truly beautiful than I already am (purveyors of cosmetic surgery will tell you otherwise).
You see, I’m not talking about the other beauty–the one we are told is real in order to sell, shame, manipulate. That beauty is not Real. It’s about external factors, about performing and behaving in a particular expected way. It is often celebrated because it is attention-grabbing.
Beauty is the fruit of something–of long hours, of many hands, of mysterious forces, of a unique convergence. It’s also something inherent that lies dormant and must be cultivated. True beauty is being our authentic selves in Christ.