You Are Radiant

 

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I am radiant. I am beautiful. I am wonderfully made.

My entire life I have been taught by my mom that in order to believe in God all I needed to do was open my eyes. By looking at the sunsets and stars I could see God’s existence. By feeling the wind and rain I could feel His power. By helping other people I could share His love. His fingerprints are everywhere. They are in the shape of the clouds and in the size of the mountains and in the faces of everyone around me. Every little thing is a beautiful miracle created by God to show me that He would always be there. This world and its people are beautiful because God made it that way.

I am going to Tanzania, Africa in one month. My sisters and I will be teaching the high school girls on the mission in the afternoon. Our theme for the classes with these girls is beauty. The only problem is that the world has the incorrect translation of the word “beauty.” To be beautiful in this world you have to be physically beautiful. Your outward appearance is what people notice first about you. Those who do not have the best features are thought of as “ugly.” Who are we to think that we have any right to call someone beautiful or ugly based off of his or her outward appearance?

In 1 Samuel 16:17 the Lord says to Samuel “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man look at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

We are a shallow world. We look for beauty in all the wrong places.

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God tells us we are made in his image. Nothing ever made in God’s image could be ugly so why do we think of others or ourselves as not being beautiful? Because we have been looking at the picture wrong. We are like the Jews who thought Jesus was coming with an earthly kingdom. We are foolish and naïve. God would not create a beautiful world and fill it with ugly people. We are His people. He will care for us, protect us, watch over us, and save us. We are beautiful through knowing Him.

In Psalms 34:5, David calls those who look to the Lord radiant.
I am radiant. You are radiant. WE are radiant.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 states that “God has made everything beautiful in its time.”
I am beautiful. You are beautiful. WE are beautiful.

David sings to the Lord in Psalms 139:14, “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…”
I am wonderfully made. You are wonderfully made. WE are wonderfully made.

I am going to Tanzania, Africa in one month to share the beauty that God has given to everyone.
And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written,
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

You are radiant. You are beautiful. You are wonderfully made.

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-Samantha Edwards

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