Beauty is in the Eye of God

I’m not sure where media came up with the idea that beauty has something to do with weight, but it’s not true. Actually, I think media has knowingly taken upon itself the role to make sure that the general population is ugly. In reality, they know nothing about beauty at all. The problem is, they’ve convinced us that their “standards” of beauty should be sought at all costs.

As a rather ugly guy, I’ve actually thought a lot about this. The world’s whole approach is to create totally meaningless standards that can only be met by the consumption of products and services that only they can provide. The only way they can keep the demand so disgustingly high is to make sure that 90% of the population is way below the expectation.

All the while, God keeps telling us, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; …for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

Of course, the world has to make itself louder than the voice of the Spirit in order to maintain it’s powerful status. But Beauty is NOT in the eye of the beholder. It is in the eye of God. God cares nothing about physical attractiveness, but he cares a great deal about the beauty that comes of bearing children, which naturally causes some flabbiness and increase of skin and weight.

Have you ever noticed that a mother carries a brightness in her eyes that is very obvious and beautiful – and unique to mothers? It first shows up when she is pregnant, and those who know the feature can often figure out she is pregnant before the slightest belly begins to show. And it’s beautiful! So why do we not see it? For the same reason that we turn our heads at the sound of a coin drop, while not noticing the dozens of bird songs surrounding us. The world has done its job well, training us that beauty is in features that it has chosen, and we are the unhappy recipients of its lies. There is a reason that satan is called the father of lies, as well as the prince of this world. He directs the world in its quest to keep the population depressed.

But you can be the exception. You can learn to see beyond the world’s ridiculous aspirations, and see beauty, including your own, as God sees it! The moment you ask God for His view on things, He’ll open to you a whole new vision that is so much more beautiful, so much more exciting, and so much more fulfilling than ANYTHING the world has to offer.

Once you see things that way, you may glance back, and see all the myriads clamoring for another lost pound, another lost wrinkle, or another face-lift. There’s a reason those clamorers are depressed. There’s a reason they can never seem to grasp what dangles just before them at every moment, and it’s not because they are too ugly or too fat, or even too sinful. It is simply because they have let satan distract them from something that he can NEVER have – true, eternal beauty.

Under his direction, the world shouts, “You’re too baggy, you’re hideous, you’re too wrinkly!” All the while he is silently scared to death that you will notice the real beauty that is you, because the moment you see that, he has no power over you.

That is the moment when life becomes grand and beautiful. That’s the moment that you realize that you are already living your “happily ever after.” That’s the moment you realize that all of your dreams are already being fulfilled.

Don’t let satan distract you from that. God knows who you really are, and is anxiously waiting for you to ask Him about it so He can explain it to you. You may know it already in theory, and you may have heard it over and over in Sunday school, but you should hear His personal explanation of it to you. I promise it’s worth the asking.

– and don’t let up until He tells you everything.

Recipe: Strawberry Must (MUsh with cruST)

Strawberry Must

I was once given a fabulous original recipe invented by my sisters called “Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. When my birthday came, Jenni and I thought it would be nice to make this cheesecake in place of the traditional birthday cake. When the time to make it came, we were a little short on time and ingredients, so we made a few minor alterations. The result was our own original recipe, which we call “Strawberry Must (MUsh with crUST)”.

Strawberry Must: (MUsh and cruST)

A variation of Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Title: Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Ingredients:

Cheesecake:
1 package (8-ounce size) cream cheese, softened

1 1/2 eggs

8 oz. Yoplait vanilla yogurt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

1/2 cup flour

Raspberry Sauce:
1 pint raspberries

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1/8 cup water

1/8 cup sugar

2 tbsp. flour

A favorite chocolate sauce

1 Graham Cracker pie crust (10-inch)

That’s the recipe, and rather than giving you the real directions, I will give you the directions that WE followed.

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Begin by making crust from the following recipe (since you forgot to buy graham crackers at the store):

Perfect Pie Crust
1 cups shortening

3 cups flour

1 Tb. vinegar or lemon juice

5 Tb. cold water

1 egg, beaten

2 pie tins
Bakes in 10 minutes

Directions:
Since you don’t have all these ingredients, don’t bother measuring anything just estimate. Mix flour with a bunch of vegetable oil (since you don’t have stick butter to substitute for the shortening that you also don’t have). Throw in some lemon juice and an egg (unbeaten since you didn’t read the recipe through). Cut with pastry blender and then press into 9X13 pan.
Bake for half of an hour or until very crispy and freshly brown.
While crust is cooking, mix filling.
Since you only have hour left before you have to eat it, combine with the following no-bake recipe ingredients:
8 oz. Cream cheese

14 oz can sweet condensed milk

c. lemon juice

1 t. vanilla

Graham cracker crust

Topping (21 oz. can pie filling is enough for 2 cheesecakes)
Combine the 2 8 oz. cream cheeses with 16 oz. of yogurt. Mix in somewhere around 1 Tb. Lemon Juice. Whip.
In a saucepan, mix about 2 Tb water with about the same amount of corn starch. Mash up a package of strawberries and toss them into the pan. dump in enough sugar to make it sweeter. Let boil on stove for about 10 minutes on medium heat.
Mix strawberry mixture into cream-cheese mixture, and poor onto crust when crust is ready. Chill in freezer for 1 to 2 minutes.
Serve immediately, but do not eat. It will be too mushy, so just let it sit at the park for a few hours before returning home. Then place in freezer for a day. Take out the next evening to let it thaw, and then serve and eat. Serves about 10 people.

If this recipe makes ANY sense to you, you’re probably a great cook, because it certainly didn’t make any sense to us at the time. Though I do recommend trying the recipe from which our Strawberry Must originated. You should have no problem having more success than we did.