Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. — Proverbs 31:30

A woman admitted that she spent much of her attention on how she looked and who was looking at her. She even watched her reflection in store windows to see how passersby reacted as she walked down the street.

Her overwhelming focus on her appearance was driven by a fear of being alone. The woman was afraid that if she wasn't outwardly attractive, she might never find a husband. But she misunderstood what really determined her value.

Proverbs 31:30 shares a very important truth about charm and beauty: they fade. If a woman marries primarily on the basis of physical beauty, the couple will eventually be left wanting. Much more fulfilling to a marriage is the woman's spiritual focus.

May our minds be focused on the qualities that last: honesty, faithfulness, loyalty, and spiritual growth. Mr. Right will define beauty to be that inner beauty of soul—a reflection of Christ—that never fades.

Let's pray:

Father, thank You for the beauty that You reflect from my soul. Help me to place less importance on my outward appearance and more value on the inner qualities that You are developing in me.