Pastor Brian’s Blog – “The Beauty of a Mom”
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT)
There is nothing more beautiful than a mom that is in love with God. When Peter says “don’t be concerned about the outward beauty” he isn’t saying that you should put a lifetime ban on Estee Lauder or throw the Mary Kay representative out of your church. Matter of fact I love it when Judy puts on makeup and dresses up, especially when she does it for me!!
What Peter is saying is that ladies / moms need to keep the proper perspective. If a mom only focuses on the exterior at the expense of her inner beauty, she will miss out on what really will impact her children. If a mom spends more time patching up the exterior while ignoring her internal beauty, her children and those around her will be the losers.
Peter encourages women to focus on what is precious to God, the inner beauty of a Godly character, the beauty of that gentle and quiet spirit. A Godly mom values what God’s values. The beauty Peter talks about is a beauty that is available to all women, no matter how you feel your exterior is holding up. It is a beauty that will last far longer than outward beauty and it is a beauty that is much deeper and more valued by God. And it is the kind of beauty that will affect your family for life.
One of People Magazine’s 50 most beautiful people Halle Berry said this about outward beauty. “Beauty? Let me tell you something, being thought of as ‘a beautiful woman’ has spared me nothing in life, no heartache, no trouble. Love has been difficult. Beauty is essentially meaningless, and it is always transitory.”
Yet listen to the children of moms that had inner beauty: George Washington thought his mother was beautiful. “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”- George Washington
President Lincoln saw “beauty” in his mother’s prayers for him…. “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” – Abraham Lincoln
At his mother’s funeral D. L. Moody remembered the beauty of his mother’s commitment to God’s Word: “Now, I have brought the old Bible, the family Bible, for it all came from that book. That is about the only book we had in the house when father died, and out of the book she taught us. And if my mother has been a blessing to this world, it is because she drank at this fountain.”
John & Charles Wesley were affected by the inner beauty of their mother, Susannah Wesley. She spent one hour each day praying for her 17 children. In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters.
The person that has probably shared the gospel and seen more people come to Christ than anyone else that has walked this planet, Billy Graham, said this about his mother on Mother’s Day 2003. “She and my father didn’t have much education … But my mother was a woman of God. She always had devotions with us, she always prayed with us, she always loved us, and did so many things, as I look back now, out of the way. And she and my father, when I was in Bible school, they would go up to a room upstairs and kneel down every morning at 10 o’clock to pray for their son in Bible school.”
My own 5 children were directed toward God and now my 5 children are directing my 16 grandchildren towards God because of a mom that loved God more than she loved their dad and even more than she loved them.
So moms, go all out for your children’s father, work on that outward beauty or fancy hairstyles, put on that expensive jewelry, that beautiful dress and splash on that perfume but never at the expense of “the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”
The writer of Proverbs got it right when he wrote, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
So mom take the time to write on the hearts of your children and/or your grandchildren so that when they leave your influence, nothing, not the influence of the world, not the difficulties of life, not even Satan himself will be able to erase those words from their hearts.
Happy Mother’s Day!!