A couple weeks ago I wrote about three beautiful young girls whose lives have touched my life. Kali, Ellie and Kaitlyn are all very pretty, as all who see them would agree.

One of the things that makes them pretty is their smile, which is not only on their lips, but reaches to their eyes and lights up their entire face.

But there is something else about these girls that makes them beautiful. To tell you what that is, I refer to one of what I call the “nuggets” of the Bible. This particular nugget is found in I Samuel 16:7. God sent his prophet, Samuel, to anoint the next king of Israel. But the future king was not the man Samuel would have chosen. God told him, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” In other words, what we look like on the outside doesn’t really matter; it’s what is on the inside that counts. It’s what is on the inside that makes us beautiful or not.

Kali, Ellie and Kaitlyn are doubly-blessed, because not only are they pretty in their countenance, they are pretty from the inside out. To paraphrase an old song, “To know them is to love them.”

They have learned that true beauty can’t be reflected in a mirror. We see many seemingly beautiful women (and men, too) in the movies and on television, who probably spend thousands of dollars to achieve that image. But many times those seemingly beautiful people are revealed to have a beauty that is only skin-deep.

Kaitlyn’s beauty came shining through when she didn’t claim sole credit for her school project. She talked about family members and friends who helped her with the project, realizing at her young age that sometimes we can’t accomplish everything on our own; sometimes we need help.

Ellie’s beauty became evident a couple years ago when she used her own experience of being bullied to help others. Instead of sinking down into a pool of self-pity, she organized a club at school to help other students who might find themselves in a similar situation.

Kali has a bubbly personality that makes people feel good just by being with her. More quickly than anyone I know, she can turn a gloomy room into a sunny room. I have watched her deal with customers, and somehow she manages to make them feel like they are important, when others might have been tempted to give up in frustration.

The Greek philosopher Plato suggested that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What I see as a beautiful flower growing alongside the road, someone else might see only as a weed. Not everyone sees the same things as beautiful.

When we look at people, do we see only their outward appearance, the beauty that can be painted on with a make-up brush, as mankind so often does? Or are we more like God, looking deeper for that true beauty that lies only within one’s heart?

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Thought for the week — There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.

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