I’ve found a secret to help you keep looking younger. It’s not about another cream, procedure, or exercise program. It’s not expensive, either. In fact, it’s both free and freeing. And this kind of youth treatment will never lead you to prideful thoughts about your appearance. The enemy might try to attack your heart with prideful thoughts like, If I look good, I’ll be good, and I won’t need anything. But those lies won’t stick. It took me a while to find this secret, but you can start looking younger today—right after you finish reading this, even. My journey to a more youthful appearance started in a pretty bad place.
I hated my reflection. When I compared myself to someone younger than me or even a younger version of myself, all I could see was the extra 15 pounds, increasing wrinkles, and a thousand gray hairs that popped up overnight. The mirror was my archenemy.
But the more I fixate on my outward appearance, the more I fail to see needs of others—and the more I dislike what I see in the mirror. James 3:16 NLT says, “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.” We can become so busy making our outsides better—removing this love handle, erasing that blemish—that we don’t even see a suffering sister right next to us. This is how the destroyer sneaks into our lives and prevents us from achieving the dreams God has for us.
We get trapped into believing that if we just keep looking younger, better, or fitter, we’ll be more likeable, acceptable, valuable, powerful, or important. Our enemy wants us to focus on outward self-improvements rather than God-reliance. In fact, our enemy wants us to focus on anything except for what God focuses on. Does God really care about your wrinkles, your dimpled-thighs, or your gray hair? God’s not even looking there. He cares about your heart.
… The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT
Okay, so back to me figuring out how to keep looking younger. It turned out, I was looking in the wrong place. When I place my focus where God wants me to, I find the secret. The secret to looking younger is to actually be younger, like a child. Jesus didn’t mince words when He told us if we want to have a part in the kingdom of heaven, we have to come to Him with the heart of a child. Have you ever seen a little girl at a swimming pool? She’s not concerned about cellulite. She just wants to enjoy her day.
Instead of looking into a mirror to evaluate yourself, look into the Word of God. Let God transform your heart to become like a child’s so you can enter more fully into the freedom of God’s kingdom. Then, His reflection can shine through you, changing you. You’ll live in childlike freedom! He makes you and me more radiant, more beautiful, and keeps us looking younger from the inside out. It doesn’t matter what you weigh or how many wrinkles you have. It’s God’s radiance shining through your eyes that makes you beautiful. It’s in Him that you keep looking younger—because you’ll actually be younger. Trust that He loves you, and He’ll change what you see in the mirror to what He sees.