Today’s Scripture: When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. Psalm 27:8

It’s been a little over a month since we made our New Year’s resolutions and I am willing to wager that over half of our goals had something to do with our appearance. Out of curiosity, I turned to the Internet, the source of all knowledge and truth, for tips on how to get a radiant face. These were the results: Use ice cubes to keep fat and wrinkles at bay! Soothe your stomach and your face—make a Pepto® face-mask! De-puff your eyes using raw potatoes in 10 minutes. Try a 30-minute Avocado mask. I was going to attempt the last one… but I bought some chips and had a fiesta instead.

Years ago, Nathaniel Hawthorn wrote this short story entitled, “The Great Stone Face” that I believe expresses a much wiser way to attain the perfect face.

There once was a lad who grew up in a tiny village near a mountain. Upon the outcropping of this mountain, a great stone face was visible. The boy would look at it longingly day after day. His mother told him the prophecy that someday a man with that face would enter the town and do great things for their people. Over the years, different men would leave the village, acquire great wealth and return claiming to be the great stone face. But, the boy spent hours upon hours studying that face and knew he had not yet come. One man returned with many military victories, others returned as great politicians, but none fit his true resemblance. Time passed, and the lad had become an aged man with great wisdom. Although he was just a farmer, people came from miles around for his help and guidance. One day the village people realized he himself had become the fulfillment of the prophecy, all because he had studied and adored that great stone face.

I believe we can learn an important truth from that short story. If we want to be changed into the image of God and desire to be more like Him, we should get to know the wonderful, kind face of our Savior. After all, no matter how many potatoes we put on our eyes, external beauty will pass away as the flower of the grass. If you desire a truly radiant face, begin studying the face of your Savior through His Word, prayer, and personal communion with Him. By doing so, you will achieve results far better than any this world could ever offer.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.