The old saying, “A woman can’t be too rich or too thin” has still not fallen out of favor. In fact, there has been a codicil added, “…or too beautiful.”
Women who many would consider already beautiful are modifying their appearance with everything from hair dye and extensions, body piercings, tattoos, and collagen injections to all-out plastic surgery. The results range from unnoticeable to downright frightening.
I’ve never been a big fan of cosmetic surgery (that whole “slice and dice” thing puts me right off), but I’ll admit to occasionally wishing for a magic wand to tighten up various parts of my face and body which are gradually succumbing to gravity. A woman’s desire to be considered beautiful is understandable, but none of the lotions, potions, or procedures we undergo is ever permanent. Do what one will, youthful beauty fades. There is only one way to become beautiful and remain so throughout life, and that is by cultivating internal beauty. Not ravishing innards, but, rather, a generous, loving soul is eternally beautiful.
We seek outward beauty to inspire the approval and affection of others, we want to draw them to us. We want to be attractive. Consistently treating our family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and even strangers with sincere kindness, generosity, respect, and love will act like a magnet. That kind of attractiveness lasts into old age and beyond.
Fortunately, this doesn’t cost money or spill blood; I can take a scalpel to my personality, excising the ugly warts of selfishness, indifference, greed, and arrogance as many times as necessary with no fear of leaving a scar.
Can a woman be too beautiful? Perhaps not.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.