Sunday, November 07, 2004

Simple Truths Are So Good

A beauty product company once asked people in a large city to send pictures, along with brief letters, describing the most beautiful women they knew. Within weeks, thousands of letters came in.

One letter caught the attention of the employees and was soon passed on to the company president. It was written by a boy from a broken home, who lived in a rundown neighborhood. With lots of spelling corrections, an excerpt from his letter read: “A beautiful woman lives down the street from me. I visit her everyday. She makes me feel like the most important kid in the world. We play checkers and she listens to my problems. She understands me. When I leave she always yells out the door that she is proud of me.” The boy ended his letter by saying, “This picture shows you that she is the most beautiful woman in the world, and one day I hope to have a wife as pretty as her.”

Intrigued by the letter, the president asked to see the woman’s picture. His secretary handed him the photograph of a smiling, toothless woman, well advanced in years, sitting in a wheelchair. Sparse gray hair was pulled back in a bun. The wrinkles that formed deep furrows on her face were somehow diminished by the twinkle in her eyes.

“We can’t use this woman!” exclaimed the president, smiling. She would show the world that our products aren’t necessary to be beautiful.”

This woman had found the secret to internal beauty. At the end of the day, that’s what we all hope to find. Beauty is truly more than skin-deep. It’s down inside where God looks on the heart. And when He gets access to the inside, the outside changes too. What a deal – two for the price of one.

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