Did you hear the Fairy Tale about the ugly duckling … who grew up to be an ugly duck? What about the beautiful princess who slept for a hundred years until she was awoken by the kiss of a … homely prince?
A number of years ago in Michigan someone broke into an apartment that four nurses shared, and killed them all. After giving the report, the TV newsreader remarked, “The thing that made this incident so tragic … was that all four of these women were so beautiful!”
Really? Would it have not been tragic if they were ugly?
In our society we bequeath success to those who are beautiful, intelligent, or athletic. We sell everything from automobiles to toothpaste on the basis of the beauty (or muscular build) of the spokesman.
This lacks depth perception! Which is more tragic, that we don’t demand that the beautiful people develop their hearts, or that we dismiss those who are, well, cosmetically challenged? Do we still abandon the ugly ducklings that come our way? Surely the children who lack that outward appeal deserve our fostering, too, don’t they? How many ugly ducklings do we fail to value?
There is no such thing as a child who is not precious.
The Lord places a value on a person’s character, not her cosmetics. Beauty to him is still soul deep. He looks beyond the husk, and values the heart. Remember, it was he who said: “What good will it be for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).
God looks beyond the husk and looks at the heart