It’s one of the biggest industries on the planet: beauty and anti-aging. Many people want to look young even as they grow into their senior years. Some bash the idea and say it’s just vanity. I disagree and I want to bring a perspective that perhaps you haven’t considered. I believe God put in each of us the desire to keep young and beautiful in our lives. I know this from His Word. Here are a few scriptures to consider:
“Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” Psalm 103:5
“Let his flesh become fresher than in youth, Let him return to the days of his youthful vigor;” Job 33:25
“May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth.” Proverbs 5:18
“Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord. … For your royal husband delights in your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord...” Psalms 45:11
“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. …” Isaiah 61:3
Now I realize that there is a balance to all things and beauty on the outside is not a determining factor of how ‘beautiful’ someone is in their being. Indeed, beauty can be fleeting and is truly a body/mind/spirit symbiosis. In addition, the world’s standards are not always what God would deem as true beauty. There is nothing wrong with desiring to be beautiful and young as long as we recognize that man judges the appearance, but God is the only one who does and is worthy to judge the heart. But it doesn’t deny the fact that if we have a desire to stay young and beautiful, and we trust God and have given our heart to Him, then we can trust that He gives us the desires of our heart. He will lead our paths to find true beauty and youthfulness, in every area of our lives, including our skin, hair, and body!
Now let’s look at this thing called ‘keeping young’. We probably all know people in their 70’s or 80’s, who have more energy and are younger in heart than some 25 and 30 year olds we know. Keeping or staying young is an action process – it isn’t a passive state of being. You have to work at staying young and beautiful! Physically, to keep our bodies healthy and young, you need to eat healthy and exercise…more than once a week! Scientific research in the last 12-15 years has proven that much of the epidemic rise of diseases in Americans over the last 20 years is directly connected to poor diets and poor quality of food, GMO’s and wrong teaching regarding low fat diets which has disabled our brains to detect the fat-burning hormone God gave us called Leptin (read Brain Maker by Dr. David Perlmutter).
We can have the desire to stay young and healthy but if we are doing the wrong things then we won’t get the results we desire. We may try and prolong the process of living long through medications but it will not be the quality of youthfulness and health that’s possible. In the same way, to keep wrinkles and lines from taking over, you need to learn good daily skin care practices, get 7-8 hours of sleep, and the right nutritional products that support healthy skin. These things require daily discipline. You can’t slack off or you’ll have the results of ‘slacking.’ You can try and cover it with botox or plastic surgery but eventually it will catch up. You can’t fake glowing skin from the inside out.
As hard as it is to keep our physical youth, what is even more arduous, is keeping a young and beautiful heart, mind and attitude. Let’s just say this takes a lot of work and again requires daily discipline!! Just as there is hardening of the arteries, there is also a terrible dis-ease that can set in if we are not careful, called ‘hardening of the heart’. This comes often through offenses, judgments we have made both about others and of course ourselves, un-forgiveness which if not dealt with will lead to bitterness and resentment…thereby our hearts become hardened. I will be sharing more about this in future blog posts but I do want to stress that keeping our heart young requires discipline. It includes being thankful daily in ALL things; repenting quickly for bad attitudes (maybe you got triggered this morning and yelled at your kids or spouse); keeping an open mind to what God’s best is for you as opposed to thinking it’s ‘my way or the highway’.
And mostly, a willingness to face disappointments, hurts from others and deal with it by taking it to the Lord. God gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter. There are some things that man cannot comfort – only The Holy Spirit reserves that right. When we hold on to our offenses and wounds, we block the only One who can really deliver and heal us. After a while our wounds begin to stink and fester which is a dangerous place if not dealt with. And it not only affects us emotionally and spiritually, our bodies begin to show the signs of aging even more when we are bitter, unforgiving or feeling sorry for ourselves!
One of the best ways I have found to receive God’s healing and comfort is through worship, biblical meditations, prayer and communicating forgiveness – that means saying “I forgive you” or perhaps more appropriate “I am sorry for hurting you”. Staying young and healthy in our hearts and minds includes being responsible for our own reactions and our willingness to stop blaming others for our pain or disappointments.
One final thing to share today is that being beautiful means to share your unique gifts and talents God has given you to others. Give encouragement, give a smile! Your smile keeps you beautiful and young! Don’t hide your light because of lies you have told yourself like “I’m not important; I’m not good enough, tall enough, pretty enough, etc. etc.” Stop it! All of that is just the other side of the coin of pride – it’s called false humility. You are beautiful because you are a child of God, made in His image and He is the most beautiful!!
I am going to be sharing more about this including personal things I do on a daily and weekly basis for physical, emotional and spiritual youthfulness, health and beauty in hopes that it makes a difference for you! Here is a link to one of my worship songs God gave me in a time of needing to take my attention off me and onto Him! https://www.reverbnation.com/lisamitts/song/21573765-i-worship-you If it blesses you, you can download it at my website or even better download the whole album, Songbird!