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Flawless by Design

As a young woman, I used to work for a well-known cosmetic company, and one of the perks of my job was performing makeovers on women. I especially enjoyed observing how ladies would transform into glowing Cinderella-like beauties, and how even their very demeanors would change once they caught their new image reflecting back in the mirror.

My dear old Aunt Alice, who lived in the country on a work farm and specialized in fried green tomatoes, used to always say, “A little fresh paint on the old barn never hurt anybody!”

I no longer work for the cosmetic industry, but I still perform makeovers every day—not necessarily the “Revlon” kind, but rather the “Beauty for Ashes” kind. God has privileged me to be an encourager of souls to those who may have lost their self-worth and somehow feel less than attractive because of a misplaced identity. God has bypassed our need for plastic surgery or the newest age-defying skincare products because when we become born-again, we are instantly transformed into a completely new creation! We are no longer in need of being “made over” or polished up from a tarnished image.

To Him, we are made complete and absolutely perfect, lacking nothing. In His eyes, we are exquisite just as we are. Isn’t that reassuring in what can sometimes be a very superficial world? I am so thankful for His unconditional love and that He is head over heels in love with us just as we are!

The famous hymn says it so well:

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee …
I come, I come.

—Charlotte Elliott, "Just as I Am, Without One Plea"

Come to Him today and let Him give you a “makeover”. He longs to whisper in your ear, “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you” (Song of Solomon 4:7 NIV).

Copyright © Missey Butler, used with permission.

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