Sunday, June 19th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 41)
Beauty Not To Waste*
As a ring of gold in a swine's snout
So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.
Proverbs 11:22 (NASB)
The word, discretion, comes from a Latin word, meaning separate and distinct.** Surely, physical beauty separates and elevates those who are marked by it. Beauty carries distinct advantages. Its holders get attention more quickly: looks, jobs, dates, perks, offers and advancement.
As the daughter of a world-class beauty, I also know beauty brings its bearers unusual and hard-won challenges: trials that can cause good lookers to crumble. Therein, those seeking beauty's benefits, spending big time and 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. But hiding it isn't God's directive. We should neither cover nor flaunt God's gifts.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are one-of-kind 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 for every person who watches you is the reason you received this gift.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion: Wasted Beauty: http://amtcdevotions.org/wasted-beauty
* Previous AMTC Devotion: Beautiful: http://amtcdevotions.org/beautiful-
* Previous AMTC Devotion: High Fashion: http://amtcdevotions.org/high-fashion-
* Previous AMTC Devotion: The Up Side Of Jealousy: http://amtcdevotions.org/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
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.