Thursday, October 06, 2005

beautiful

i've been pondering and treasuring something that happened last sunday night.

i was saying goodbye to a friend and as we hugged, he said to my ear "bye beautiful". he wasn't being flip or teasing, which is the typical character of our friendship. there was something tender and genuine about how he said it--enough that it struck something deep within me. and it's stayed with me for days since.

i never think of myself as beautiful--inside or out. i'm too self-concious of my inner and outer flaws, failings, shortcomings to believe that about myself. but something about how he said it has made me feel beautiful, inside and out. it has helped me to believe a little more deeply that it is how god sees me--as his beautiful and beloved.

i'm sure my friend has no idea the impact of his words. and i'm fairly sure i'm too shy to point it out to him--especially since our friendship is more casual and kidding in nature. but that use of the word 'beautiful' has been truly a gift to treasure...

7 comments:

Da Youth Guy said...

Well we haven't met face to face yet. But based on our online conversations and such my money's on your friend being right. You seem like a beautiful person inside to me.

Besides, as the old saying goes, God don't build junk!

Peace
Jay

'neice said...

What an awesome gift, Mindi! :)

lizzy said...

truth spoken at the right moment...in the right way...can't be less then moment with the King...
you are the best you there is...and i am stoked i get to call you friend....it is nice to surround myself with the 'beautiful' people of the world...cause you are one of the 'mostest' (as my new little friend would say) beautiful people i know- your care and love for your friends is just the begining of the beauty that God has bestowed on you- HIS beloved!

lizzy said...

truth spoken at the right moment...in the right way...can't be less then moment with the King...
you are the best you there is...and i am stoked i get to call you friend....it is nice to surround myself with the 'beautiful' people of the world...cause you are one of the 'mostest' (as my new little friend would say) beautiful people i know- your care and love for your friends is just the begining of the beauty that God has bestowed on you- HIS beloved!

Gman said...

Words do make a difference. And praying all is well with you today.

jlyn said...

you are such an amazing women and deserve that gift god presented to you. i can't wait to see you next week and spend more time with you.

Andy said...

I've met you. I've talked with you. You've talked with me.

You made a difference in my life, Mindi...YOU did.

And you ARE beautiful.