Sometimes, you even end up comparing yourself to others. Picking out not only the superficial flaws in your own self, but in others as well. This starts poisoning your eyes, so you can no longer see what true beauty is.
Our thought pattern is under one of two masters, either God or Satan.
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7)
It is extremely important that the Holy Spirit guides and regulates our thought pattern. Like it or not, our body responds to the input of our minds. When our thoughts are filled with truth, love, victory, and hope... we can overcome anything with God!
The definition of an overcomer is: to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy.
My friend Mary is a beautiful overcomer. Her thoughts are filled with victory, even though, by first glance, you would not think so.
Some say beauty is only skin deep... but I say beauty penetrates to the soul.
Mary was abandoned by her mother when she was a baby. The challenges that this young girl posed was greater then her mother was willing or able to handle. Her grandmother took her in, and raised her as her own. She faced many health issues as a youth, but God continually healed her. He brought her through her darkest times. Now she is a grown women, with a grown daughter of her own. She single handedly cares for her grandmother, who so kindly cared for her. Currently, Mary's grandmother is in her early 90's with many health problems of her own. Mary also takes care of their large garden, is going to school for sewing, and still finds time to play sitting volleyball in her free time.
With everything that this women does, I'd have to say the most impressive thing about her, is the joyful noise she makes when singing worship songs to our Lord. I've never heard her complain about her handicap. I've only seen joy radiating through her from her smile. She truly has chosen who will rule her thought pattern. The King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
Mary was baptized this past June, and has been attending our home fellowship since. We are actually in the process of getting her some custom shoes. We need to take care of those beautiful feet.
As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"