While not everyone is built to be a fitness model or have the good looks of a movie star, we all desire to be attractive in our own right. We want others to take notice of who we are and this is how we reflect God’s glory in the world.
For example, the glory of a peacock is in displaying the beauty of his plumage. And it’s not pride for him to show it off. He’s simply reflecting the splendor God has given him to reveal.
And the same is true for each of us.
We’ve each been given our own strength and beauty, brilliance and excellence to display in the world around us.
To be fair, for some this is in their good looks, while for others it’s in their strong mind or perhaps in their ability to build and create products and resources, connections and opportunities for communities to thrive.
But whatever it looks like, we each have a glory we want others to take notice of.
And, to be sure, for many this leads to pride, as they simply want all the glory for themselves. But the opposite extreme is not helpful either – denying or otherwise shortchanging the splendor God has given us to reveal.
There’s a humble faithfulness needed to accept the unique ways God has made each of us attractive.
And wanting others to take notice of us is not ultimately about us. We want to be seen because this is how we display God’s glory through us.
And we miss our opportunity to bring more light and goodness into the world when we let pride tarnish our excellence or false humility hold us back.
Boldly let others take notice of who God has created you to be – displaying his glory for all to see.