I taught about beauty today. I wrote the word beauty on the board, and asked someone to define beauty. She pointed to me in a rather dramatic turn, looked into my eyes and said, “Miss Divinia, you’re beautiful.”
My first reaction was to deny it and say no, as I always do. Self depreciate. Or “esteem others above yourself” (Phil 2:3). Sometimes I struggle with drawing the line between the two. I often end up doing both, and the former. A lot. It often leads to a reinforcement of the wrong view of what pride and humility is too.
But I halted just as the words ‘no I’m not, you are’ were coming out of my mouth – what is the Truth of the Word of God? What did he say about creation? What did he say about beauty? 1 Peter 2:3 was the first verse that came to mind, followed by God making men in the image of Him, in His likeness – the falleness of men tainted this picture of perfect beauty but Christ came down to mend our broken glasses of perception, of behavior, of heart, into purity.
I paused deeply, and looked into her eyes, then the eyes of every student in class, “we, as humanity, were made beautiful, but somewhere along the way we started to do wrong, we started to think about ourselves only, we started to treat others unjustly and unlovingly. Like you, I am made beautiful – but badness still exists inside of me, I therefore struggle to be the beauty I’m created to be. Being beautiful is therefore a process. Each of you are made beautiful, but we struggle individually, we struggle as a classroom community, to stay beautiful. We must therefore constantly help each other, remind each other, correct each other and discipline each other, to reflect the beauty that we are supposed to be – and in this process extend grace to others when we fail to reflect that beauty.
Now, what is beauty again class?”
A student: “Beauty is not about outward appearance, it’s not about being always the best, but it’s about the purity of our heart.”
The whole class clapped, and agreed heartily.
This is a conversation in class that I’ll remember for a long time. Thank you Jesus once again, for giving me students that teach me & remind me many things everyday.
(Note: dialogue of what I said above not word for word – but tried to capture as much of it as possible)