My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand….(So 5:10).
Every man wants to be known as a warrior, doesn’t he? Just like every woman wants to be seen as lovely, adorned and beautiful. There’s something about God’s image we reflect as we exhibit such things as courage, strength, bravery and beauty.
It is now our job to awaken those things to its fullest potential in one another. Yes, men, awaken beauty in the daughters of God and yes, women, encourage the men in your life to their fullest potential as warriors in the Kingdom.
It is so sad when the daughters of God melt away the strength and vigor of the men of God through their words and actions. Dear sister, be careful and choose your words with wisdom. Even a glance of disapproval can cut away a man’s strength and courage.
Brothers, be careful how you treat women, made in God’s image in your life. Her body is not a trophy to win. Truly, her most beautiful assets are not external. Her beauty comes from within. Pull that out for the world to see so they might experience Christ in her.
I have spent too many years chasing the wrong conception of beauty and I have spent far too many years cutting men down. In the past few years God has been reshaping me and teaching me how to awaken beauty and strength in my brothers and sisters. I can’t say I’m all the way there, but I have learned how to say to the men in my life- I am so proud of you, you have what it takes, I believe in you, you are strong and courageous. To the women, instead of being jealous or threatened by them, I have chosen to be a shepherd who helps awaken their beauty from within. I have taught myself how to say, you are beautiful and lovely, your heart is captivating and kind! Your smile lights up a room. All of those words, I have found, have truly awakened something in my brothers and sisters.
More than anything I want people to say of me, “Heather cares about me.” That’s what I want more than any kind of success. I want a line of people who know that they are loved by me to say that God used me in their life to awaken within them strength and beauty.
Friend, the only way you and I can get to that point is to heed the words of Jesus and make ourselves a lowly servant. Truly, as we die to our pride the Father raises us up for Kingdom work as we find one more sheep to love.
Lord, make me like you. I want to awaken strength and courage in the men in my life. Help me to do that through your love and grace. Use my life to be of good cheer to everyone that I meet. I want women to feel beautiful. I want them to experience you, in Jesus name, Amen.