We are all part of God or part of divine spirit. Created in God’s image. When we look into the mirror we see the essence of who we are. Most races and cultures identify how “beautiful” a person is. It’s mostly from the outside appearance with a blend of personalities. We must accept the way we look and are. Each one of us are beautiful. You are beautiful. The challenges prevail when we start comparing with each other. Have you ever heard “she is prettier and beautiful” than any other woman, or “he is the most handsome man” I’ve met. Of course these are personal and cultural preferences. Most of us grew up with these labels from our peers, even our own parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts.
A good Samaritan or people loving each other or caring for others or helping others in many ways or concerns for themselves and others are beautiful in their own right and uniqueness. I’ve seen men divorcing their wives or even leave them while being married for a much younger woman, because the young woman is beautiful in her physical and psychological personalities. I’ve also seen women jump the ship for a man with status and a good paying job. I’ve also observed how many people treat men and women with disabilities, such as mental illnesses or physical appearance due to some form of disability. All these ego and desiring based attractions sidestep the true beauty of each other.
It’s each one of our hearts that have love, caring, joy, happiness and peace in our soul that transcends the outward physical and personalities. We each one of us are a miracle in itself. Without being critical and judgemental of others, we surely can project our love towards each other. Ever notice a heartfelt smile and a touch, is like a magnet and good for the soul? Even a hug among friends creates a wonderful bonding of caring and trust. So, next time you meet your friends, neighbors, business owners or bosses, loved ones or even strangers, acknowledge you see God in them and smile. God is love, you are loved, and you are beautiful.
Rev. Ernie Martin, The Reverend of Love, Las Vegas