Substance Over Appearance

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV

I can remember the late Joan Rivers’ famous words, “Who are you wearing?” as she asked the people on the red carpet. She sure was a character. Some find her raspy voice annoying, and by a long stretch she’s far from being an example of what most people would consider “nice” yet what I found most admirable and intriguing about her was her “tell it like it is” mentality. It was to me, indicative of courage and strength, boldly speaking her mind regardless of people’s reactions.

We’ve all heard of the saying “the clothes make the man,” in this case, woman. While dressing in an outfit that naturally makes us feel like a million bucks (which probably cost some of us an arm and a leg), the clothes we think would garner people’s approval in actuality do not define us. At the end of the day, it is our attitudes and how we conduct ourselves in all our dealings that leave a greater impression than fashion.