Beauty in any form is a spiritual quality I am convinced, not physical, even if it can be physically detected. Those of us who believe in the Creator will easily appreciate that the beauty we see is a result of the Spirit interacting with total chaos and ugliness. Without active participation of the Spirit, there would be no beauty, no order, in existence.
Most times when we see or sense beauty in any form, we tend to think it is an inherent quality of the object before us, including ourselves. This error is understandable, since we mostly pay attention to what we see or feel. I am convinced however that no created thing has beauty in itself, by itself. It’s beauty is a result of infusion of beauty from the Source.
We can very easily mistake our good qualities, our attractiveness, our wealth, our talents, as ours in the first place because our physical senses, which we heavily rely on, cannot detect the very essence of existence and Source of beauty. Even when glory has departed we may see aftermaths of beauty and mistake it for the real thing. Adam was dead while he was still alive.
As an entrepreneur, when my company consistently records growth, it is very easy to think it is our innovativeness, people relations, customer service, branding, and the like, that bring about growth, not acknowledging that there is something else, something spiritual, a connectedness to the unseen, that drives what we do and produces our results. When I write a piece that inspires many and is considered a masterpiece, I am easily tempted to think “I did that”, and that is true, I did it. But the hidden truth, I am convinced, is that my ability to do it in the first place is not mine, but the Creator’s.
When I am praised, in my heart, I need to deflect the praise to the person really being praised, the One to whom all praise is due. Any excellence and beauty in me is not mine. God is the source of attraction in me, in you, in all of us. He is the only one who can say “I Am.” When you are attracted to me or I to you, we will be doing ourselves a disservice to think we are merely attracted to each other and not the Source of beauty in us.
All through history, individuals have shown brightly who thought they were the Sun. They ignored the fact that they were only stars, whose beauty, color and attractiveness rested in their ability to reflect the light of the Sun. So they burnt out, having disconnected from what gives them not only beauty, but being. I woke up this morning with the thought that I must guard against the temptation to think that “I Am”. I need to continually acknowledge that my beauty, my color, my wealth, my good qualities are not mine and continually honor the One from whom all good things proceed, who alone is “I Am”.