She is beautiful but her looks never stood a chance compared to how breathtaking her soul is.

She is beautiful but her looks never stood a chance compared to how breathtaking her soul is.

I love this statement that I saw in a magazine! Not because it reminds me of myself, but because it reminds me of my daughter.  If you would look at her, she is an average twenty-something, tiny and petite, and athletic.  But her heart is huge and her soul is breathtaking!  She is concerned and compassionate to all those around her whether she met you today or 20 years ago. She knows how to laugh at herself and not take certain parts of life too seriously.  When we spend time together, I always feel lighter and know we will laugh at some point.  She is patient and giving. She is an occupational therapist in a rehab hospital and loves building relationships with her patients and is concerned for them when they leave her facility.  She often thinks of them and is excited when they come back to show all the progress they’ve made.  Her heart breaks for the families and patients that have setbacks or are told their progress won’t be what they were hoping for.  She loves serving others and doing things with them.  She keeps God first.  She is beautiful on the outside but her soul is sweet and BREATHTAKING!!

Then upon more reflection, this is what I want God to think of me.  What a wonderful word!  Breathtaking!  Think about it! Breathtaking is something that is thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing or exciting.  What do you consider breathtaking?  Sunrise, sunsets, babies, the Grand Canyon?  I know that God considers me beautiful because I am one of His creations (Psalm 139:13-14) but I want Him to look at my soul and see it as breathtaking!  How do I do that?  I do that by allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me.  John 14:26 says  “the Holy Spirit … will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  I do that by being willing to acknowledge my mistakes, ask for forgiveness, and try to be different not by my strength but through the strength of the Holy Spirit. I do that by putting others first. And, the hardest thing for me, I do that by knowing when to laugh at myself!!

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