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    Loving Your Inner Beauty Series: Selflessness

    In today’s society, people have become very preoccupied with SELF. In fact, I’ve heard many refer to teenagers as the “ME” Generation. As Christians, this should be quite alarming because Jesus clearly tells us this:

    Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).

    I know there are many young people who still care about others. However, the unfortunate reality is that there are many more teenagers who are so preoccupied with making themselves happy that they don’t consider how their actions impact others. This is not Godly behavior!

    SelfLESSness is an attribute that God adores! Consider how Jesus, who is GOD Himself, interacted with others. Jesus spent time with the sick, made it a point to feed the hungry, and honored the poor. He hung out with the people that “polite” society shunned.

    John 6 describes how Jesus tried to get some time alone with His disciples, but when He looked out and saw the masses of people following Him, He put THEM first! He even sacrificed His own life for all of us.

    Jesus never, EVER put Himself first, which tells us just how important selflessness is to God. Consider this: Jesus, who is GOD himself, put the needs of other people before His own needs! How amazing is that?!

    Selflessness is such an amazing characteristic to possess. Watching a selfless person in action is so beautiful. When you think of TRUE beauty, do you think of the Hollywood actresses who may have physical beauty but are selfish and self-centered, or do you think of the humble, kind-hearted people who are always reaching out to help others? I, for one, think the selfless person is far more beautiful!

    Here are just a few people who I find to be particularly beautiful from the inside out:

    Girls, who would you add to your list of beautiful people?

    NOTE: Please understand that there is a difference between honoring others and allowing them to mistreat you. Check back soon for an article to help you identify when someone is taking advantage of you and how to handle it in a Godly manner.

    Aysha Ives
    Aysha Ives loves God with her whole heart and has a desire to help hurting people. With a Masters Degree in Psychology, she combines her education and experience with her love for God to help people live whole and fulfilled lives. Aysha is an Author, Mental Health Provider, Youth Church Teacher, and the mother of one gifted little boy whom she absolutely adores. Aysha is honored to be able to share her love of God with Project Inspired readers. Aysha is also the author of God Cares About Your Stuff: How To Believe For Tomorrow When Things Look Utterly, Completely, And Totally Impossible Today, released February 2013- Available at Amazon.

    29 COMMENTS

    1. Yes, I agree that in this age we’re pressured a lot for things to be all about us but, first we need to make sure the focus is on God and helping others. 😀 Being selfless also helps build friendships!

    2. I would like to add Carrie Underwood. She has given so much to charity, shes helped kids in Africa, she has her own foundation for raising money for schools in her hometown (Checotah, OK), she’s saved a dog from dying, her heart belongs to God and she makes that very clear. 🙂 She’s so humble… I just LOVE her! (and her new song Good Girl!!)

    3. I AGREE,ALMOST EVERY PERSON IS LIKE THAT TODAY.I THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE SELFLESS. BECAUSE GOD IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN PEOPLES LIFE.AND THE PEOPLE I WOULD ADD TO MY LIST ISMY BEST FRIEND HANNAH,ZOEY,ALISIA,VICTORIA,AND TORI.I WOULD ALSO ADD NICOLE.I LOVE YOU EVERYONE!!!!

    4. I agree that selflessness is a big part of being truly beautiful! Another great verse about this is Romans 15:1-2.
      “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”
      Also, I totally agree with your list (Especially Nicole) 🙂

    5. Good choices such good choices! It even proves that helping out others, being kind to one another shows that you are more happy then just trying to please yourself! When you just please yourself, your only building up worry and your not satisfied. It shouldn’t have to be this way!

    6. Wow, now that I think about it, I realize that I am totally blessed to be surrounded by beautiful, selfless role models! 3 in particular – my grandma, my mom, and my aunt, each, when I think of selflessness, stand out, and shine bright.

    7. Mandisa. Even though she does things for herself, she always thinks of others. I like her on Facebook and she is always saying things like ‘can you guys pray for….’ and quotes for the Bible, which inspires many people. She is a terrific example of a beautiful person. (Her song ‘True Beauty’ is a good one)

    8. I just happened across this blog on Facebook and I thought ‘This is what I’ve been looking for.’ I skim through the web looking for something with a good meaning to help me start my new life and when I knew right when I saw this I knew that this is for me and I was led to this page. This is such a beautiful web sight. It gave me this good feeling in my stomach. I hardly have been on this blog and I already know I love it and that I WILL be back. I love the answers, opinions, and the biblical references.

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