Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Romancing a Beast -or- Looking at the Heart

Beauty & the Beast

Be honest, do you think you could love a beast? The story of Beauty & the Beast is an intriguing one. You’ve got the character of Belle, whose very name means beauty, & Beast, who, well, is one. In a nutshell, the stunningly lovely Belle finds it in her heart to look past all the…hmmm, what’s the word…Claws? Fur? Fearsome grotesque façade let’s say – to love him for who he is inside…& more importantly, for who he becomes when a kind & caring beauty melts his hardened heart. Ah, I love happy endings paired with enchanting romances! Now, fairy tale aside, how much does appearance truly count in a relationship today? Could you fall in love with a guy with scars, a skin disease, missing limbs, some handicap or deformity? Could you if you found you loved the man inside, no matter the outer shell he came packaged in? Or would his looks stop you from getting close enough to even find out? Let’s take it down a notch from there: What if the male simply didn’t fit the world’s idea of beauty?

When us girls think of our future husbands it’s normal to think handsome (i.e.: physically attractive) among other qualities we hope to find in our mate. Some even go so far as to have a list with items desperately seeking future checkmarks, such as these specifics: dark hair, tall, ruggedly handsome, etc., etc. But, are those qualities vital or even valuable? Do those types of physical qualities mean quality? Think of Gaston, he had all the above, but his inner self was pompous & I’d say truly beastly. Belle saw through his good looks & refused his affection because what she saw in him wasn’t attractive. Smart girl. But, today are we so smart or, perhaps the better word is wise? I love this verse from the Bible & I think it fits the story of Beauty & the Beast perfectly:
“God does not see the same way people see. People look at the outside of a person, but the LORD looks at the heart.” -1 Samuel 16:7
You know, as we strive to become more & more like Christ (even though we’ll never reach that level doesn’t mean we aren’t supposed to try), seek to see people’s hearts & not get caught up in the wrapping they’re in; you never know, the heartbeat behind it could be a match for your own. Look for the inner qualities that truly show quality in a person/mate, such as…
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Lots of Love,

Don’t judge a book by its cover. -Author Unknown


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  2. Nice post. :) "Beauty and the Beast" is probably my favorite Disney movie (and that's saying a lot...because I love some Disney :), and I think that I'm a lot like her. But one of the things that has always bothered me is that sometimes I don't know if I could do what she did. Which is not a good thing.

    Anyway, average looking guys sometimes become really handsome guys when you observe their behavior and lives...and super-handsome guys sometimes become really hideous when you observe their behavior and lives (like Gaston, except I don't think he was so handsome in the first place :).


  3. Thanks for your comments Grace & Kristin! Oh yeah, I agree with you totally Kristin, Gaston is perhaps a worldly handsome, which to me isn't.

  4. I love Belle :) I had never thought about that dear fairytale in that way! Maybe I do judge others by their physical appearances a bit too much. I will seek to become more like Belle, and look at the heart like God does!


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