Our spirit . . . is made new every day.
—2 Corinthians 4:16
Graham Sutherland was commissioned to paint Winston Churchill’s portrait in celebration of his 80th birthday.
Sir Winston hated the result, as did Lady Churchill—she said it was “alarmingly like him.” It pictured him slumped in his chair, chops drooping in his characteristic scowl.
All of us are jittery about our portrait—about how others view us.
God knows the real you: “I do not judge as people judge. They look at the outward appearance, but I look at the heart” (1 Sm 16:7). And he knows how to create real beauty, working from inside out, not the other way around: “Our physical body is becoming older and weaker, but our spirit inside us is made new every day” (2 Cor 4:16).
God is producing a masterpiece with that lump of clay called you. You’re beautiful.
It’s not the cover but the
story inside that counts.