The word, discretion, comes from a Latin word, meaning separate and distinct.** Surely, physical beauty separates people who have it from those who do not.
Beauty carries distinct advantages. It invites attention and offers preferential treatment.
As the daughter of a world-class beauty, as an instructor of world-class models, I also know beauty brings its bearers temptations and dangerous challenges: tests that can cause good lookers to crumble.
Therein, those seeking beauty's benefits, spending time and big money to get them, don't fully understand what they're chasing.
If entertainment execs love beauty, if most media stars are beautiful, if beauty is considered a talent, if God owns and leases every talent, if He has given you this very one, if He instructs you to multiply it,*** then learn beauty's responsibilities. Because if you don't, you become ugly.
In the eyes of your Maker, you're a pig prancing around with a ring in your nose.
In denial of pretty, prancing pigs, I've met incredibly lovely Christians who wrapped themselves in purposeful plainness. Perhaps they perceived beauty's temptations and thought burying this gem was safer...like the servant who hid his lord's talent.
But he was severely reprimanded. We should neither cover nor flaunt God's gifts.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are radiant and beautiful. You were made to attract attention. So remember about discretion: to remain separate and distinct, to behave in beautiful kindness, to abide in beautiful patience, to model your beautiful Savior and to defer all glory to Him.
Your remarkably beautiful love is the reason you received this gift.
## Proverbs For Performers: Beauty Not To Waste (Part 41)
* Previous Devotion: Wasted Beauty: http://careylewisdevotions.com/wasted-beauty
* Previous Devotion: Beautiful: http://careylewisdevotions.com/beautiful-
* Previous Devotion: High Fashion: http://careylewisdevotions.com/high-fashion-
* Previous Devotion: The Up Side Of Jealousy: http://careylewisdevotions.com/the-up-side-of-jealousy
** Etymology Dictionary: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=discretion
*** The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Proverbs For Performers.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs For Performers series.