Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
The Beauty Business
And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.
Psalm 90:17 (NKJV)
The entertainment industry is the beauty business: beautiful films, faces, stories, dances, and songs. Glamorously beautiful, tragically beautiful, strangely beautiful, laughingly beautiful--even grotesquely beautiful. Same thing.

Hollywood is the beauty parlor and New York City--the beauty factory. New York creates and markets 'the look.' Then Hollywood glams it up to crown kings and queens of the prom walking a thousand red carpets.

The challenge of God's stars is to be in this world but not of it. God has His own beauty business, and His beauty works from the inside out--not just on the surface. In fact, when the crowns and cameras are removed, God's beauty is more apparent.

He's not limited to cover-girl faces and skinny-jean bodies. His beauties shine in amazing diversity.

Today's scripture is a prayer to 'let' His beauty be upon us. As adults, beauty is a choice. We can choose artificial beauty by the world's standards; or we can choose God's beauty. But we must 'let' His beauty happen.

My daughters, one a top photographer and the other a style expert, tell me being photogenic has less to do with beauty than with character and confidence. It's realizing how special we are in God's Eyes. 'Your Hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity' (Job 10:8).

Once we accept God's beauty upon us, we ask Him to 'establish the work of our hands for us.' The psalmist repeats this request, reminding us that it's God's job to make our success happen--not our own.

Psalm 90 is ascribed to Moses, who led God's people to the Promised Land. Let us follow this man who followed God. Let us lead millions through the beauty business of the entertainment industry to the beauty business of God. Only then will the Promised Land of Hollywood begin a divine makeover. And only the Master Carpenter can do it.

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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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