Isn’t it amazing to see the length some people will go to try and become more beautiful? I recently learned about a 54 year-old-lady named Cindy Jackson. She holds the world record for having had the most plastic surgery procedures—50 and counting. Ms. Jackson is quite outspoken about the reason she has had all these plastic surgeries: she wants to look like a Barbie doll. (With all that “plastic,” she’s getting close). She has even written a book titled, “Living Doll—The amazing secrets of how cosmetic surgeons turned me into the girl of my dreams.”
And while most of us would never go anywhere near that far to try and become more beautiful, I read a report that claimed most people will spend more money on diet plans, gym memberships, and make up, then they will for their retirement savings. Not wanting to be left out of this amazing “diet plan” industry, I wrote a fun country song about my diet plan which explains my diet plan philosophy, “what I really need are just fatter friends” (“Fatter Friends” is available on iTunes of course).
We’re all familiar with the story of God directing Samuel to anoint David as Israel’s next king over Jesse’s more “kingly” appearing older brothers. 1 Samuel 16:7 reads, “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (New Living Translation).
I love the imagery of Romans 10:15 “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News.” Way back before telephones, Fed Ex, and emails, runners would be sent to deliver the news from the battlefield back to the King. Imagine that runner appearing over the hills in the distant as he races with the good news, “victory!” People would rejoice and dance in the streets as the good news spread throughout the city. I suspect not one person in the entire city cared if the messenger bringing the good news was thin, chubby, had acne, or those elusive abs craved by so many people these days.
So, in our search for true beauty, let’s take a good look at our big ol’ toes and calloused heels. After all, God gives each one of us the opportunity to have beautiful feet and deliver the ultimate in good news, “the Good News of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Zion reigns” (Isaiah 52:7).
P.S. Download Ed’s latest single, “Beautiful Feet” on iTunes. Released two weeks ago, it’s already a top 30 hit on Christian Radio & Retail Weekly’s Inspo charts.