Posé: A pause or rest stop along the Voyageurs' portage trail. Usually about ½ mile apart. We invite you to take a pause in your day to reflect and pray with us.  


Today I found a verse that I had written down on my computer months ago. All it said was 1 Peter 3-4. As I am not an expert on memorizing passages, I looked it up.

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."

So often I find myself getting ready in the morning, like today, thinking: "What should I wear today? This looks stupid. Does this even match? Should I do my hair like this? What if someone thinks I look stupid? I look sleepy; maybe I'll put on some makeup to perk my face up."

I get really frustrated with myself when this is the first thing I think about when I get up for the day, and then spend a lot of time doing. I'm not sure if most men are like this, but I do have some male friends who admit that these are thoughts that cross their minds as well.

Why should I care so much? God does not judge me on my appearance, as I should not judge others on appearance. What am I saying to him when I was told I was made in the image of Christ? That I don't think I'm good enough? That I don't like how he made me?

I should reflect Christ in my appearance and in my actions. I should spend more time in the morning thinking of how I can build people up instead of building my appearance.

It's okay to want to look nice and put in that effort, but remember that is not what defines you. Think of this verse when you get ready tomorrow. Ask yourself the questions that will make you a better person and reflect your faith.

You are beautiful.

-Brooke Klemestrud  

Duluth, MN 

VLM Staff 2010-2013