Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, October 19th, 2018
Beautiful Like Esther: My Non-Beautiful History
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.
Romans 8:28 (NLT)
As many of my friends and readers know, I used to be a super-sized lady (360 hard-to-lift pounds).

But much earlier, I was a big girl: actually the biggest kid in class. Because in the 60s and 70s, school kids were leaner than they are today.

So I was the unattractive daughter of a breathtakingly beautiful mom. Lets be clear: she never body-shamed me. Quite the opposite. She loved me and cheered my achievements. She wanted me to join her in business. So I did.

Looking back, I must have seemed an odd ball: knowing all the hows and how nots of beauty, but physically embodying none. I now see my past was necessary.

I know what 'undesirable' feels like: being labeled misshapen or ugly. In humility I began to learn what beauty was and was not in God's Eyes. He favored me with a broad perspective.

Bottom line: Beauty is a gift and an illusion. It carries big responsibility that too few of its holders understand. Esther did. For the most part, I think my mom did, too.

## Beautiful Like Esther: My Non-Beautiful History (Part 2)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful Like Esther Update series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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