Em: Mom, can a house be ugly on the outside but be pretty on the inside?
Me: Absolutely. Some people are more concerned about what the inside looks like because that is where they spend most of their time.
Me: And, did you know that some houses that are beautiful on the outside are totally trashed and ugly on the inside?
Me: Well, some people think that the way their house looks on the street is the most important thing, but they don't really care about the inside.
Me: It's just like people's hearts, sweetie. We all come in different shapes and sizes, some people look pretty on the outside but don't have beautiful hearts while others may not 'look' pretty but because they have filled their hearts and minds with God's word, they are the most beautiful people we will ever meet.
This opens such a big can of worms...on Earth, we spend billions of dollars on how we wish to appear. Clothes, makeup, surgeries, jewelry, cars, computer toys, houses, this name brand newest hot item, the latest 'best' whatchamacallit. Yeah, sure, a good Bible is expensive, maybe $40 or $50 bucks, but its worth is beyond anything that will ever be auctioned off at Christie's. No one can take the word of God out of your heart, but only you can get it in there. Some of the most beautiful people I have ever met were these old, crinkly, tired looking babushkas (grammas) in Siberia. When they heard we were coming, in their total poverty, they rushed to their gardens and came to us bearing gladiolas and fresh cucumbers as gifts.
Beauty truly is in the eye of the Beholder. If your beholder is only the one staring you back in the mirror, I encourage you to allow God to move into your 'house' and do some remodeling with His word. Knock out that wall, knock out that wall, get rid of that ugly carpet, move this here and that there...
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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." 1 Peter 3:3&4