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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)

TITLE: Beautiful I Ain't
By Brenda Kern
11/13/05


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Beautiful I ain't.

Let me count the ways:

Height: Non-Tall
Weight: Over, by more than a few pounds (exactly how do you express a googol in numbers, anyway?)
Skin: Peaches and cream scream at the thought of being mentioned in the same breath as my epidermis
Hair: Dishwater somethin'
Teeth: Good for chewing
Facial Structure: Yep, I've got cheekbones in there, somewhere...
Eyes: Optimistically "hazel"
Etc., Etc., Etc.

The list of ways that I am not beautiful in appearance could go on and on (and on). Oh, well. The pageant circuit will just have to limp on without me somehow.

I must, in contrast, be beautiful on the inside, then, right?

No, I'm pretty crappy by most measures of the interior, too.

I've hurt people's feelings, failed again and again, and been a disappointment. I didn't live up to my potential (what an awful, dirty word that can be!), and I've messed up my life in too many ways to catalog. (Nobody would want to buy anything from page 37 in that baby!)

So?

And?

The good news is (trumpet fanfare, please): I'm not made up of just me, and me alone. I gave my life over to Jesus many years ago, and I'd like to think that it's hard to tell where He stops and where I begin, in my best moments.

Beautiful I ain't.

Beautiful He is.


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Debbie OConnor11/14/05
Powerful truth here! Love the humor--teeth, good for chewin'! I laughed out loud. I happen to think your story is exquisitely beautiful--and I'll bet you are too. :)
terri tiffany11/16/05
This was so cute and so true about so many of us!! Great way you described her..very creative.
Val Clark11/16/05
Very honest article, grounded in reality. I appreciate that. Yeggy
Shannon Redmon11/17/05
So real and thanks for leaving the sugar coating off! Good writing!
Beth Muehlhausen11/17/05
One word covers this: authentic!!
Julianne Jones11/18/05
Loved your voice that shown through. Humourous and authentic. And I'm sure we could all relate! Thanks for sharing.
Susiey Brockwell05/04/06
Beautiful You Are! I think you touched a lot of hearts that forgot they even had feelings. You wrote with such humor yet I found the Spirit of God in between the lines. You did what my mom use to say, "If you see someone without a smile give them one of yours". Thanks for the Smile.....
God's Blessings,
Susiey Brockwell