Faith, Personal Growth

Day 4: What You Can’t Buy At Sephora

Isle of Palms, SC

When I was in high school, I was pretty stupid. I desperately wanted to have that sun-kissed, beautiful glowing skin. So, I slathered some cooking oil (oh yes) and plopped out in my backyard to be cooked by the sun. Literally, cooked! I know, so stupid. So anti-healthy skin. Such a no-no.

I loved letting the sun shine on me and soaking up it’s rays. I’m a bit smarter now, but not much.

The Bible speaks much of radiance and light and shining.


You, O Lord, are radiant with light, more majestic than mountains rich with game. Psalm 76:4, NIV

God is the source. He is light. He is the source of light. He is majestic and brilliant. This fact alone puts to bed any effort or attempt on our part to sparkle without Him. This kind of radiant beauty (an inner, lasting brilliance), you can’t buy or earn or produce or work hard for it. Because it has nothing to do with you and is not dependent on you.


The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:3, NIV

Jesus reflects God’s glory perfectly. He represents all of who God is exactly. He’s the one to watch.


Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. Then you will LOOK and be radiantyour heart will throb and swell with joy. Isaiah 60:1, 5, NIV

You don’t have to manufacture change or shinyness. You don’t have to work hard to be better or shine brighter. All you have to do is LOOK to the Lord. That is all. End of Story.

It’s a beauty you can’t buy at Sephora.

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amy ruth, writer