When I worked as an editor for Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. magazines for 10 years, the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) convention and the accompanying contest was a yearly highlight. Each January, as we selected which articles and images to submit, we would bypass the “General Article” category, knowing that the most prestigious publications and authors would submit their best to this category, meaning we wouldn’t stand a chance.
That’s why I was thrilled to hear that Boundless had not only won a Higher Goals EPA award for its article “Where Have All the Beautiful Women Gone?” by Joshua Rogers, but that they won first place in that highly competitive “General Article” category. I’m not surprised, though. In this article, Joshua confronted an all-too-common problem in Christian dating. He boldly asked men (and women too, really) if they had become calloused to the God-designed beauty inherent in the people around them. He wrote:
If you’re a single man, I know you want to marry someone who’s beautiful, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But as you interact with single women, just remember the old proverb, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
Stop. Did you catch that? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Beholding is something that’s essential to appreciate a great piece of art, and women are God’s loveliest masterpiece, because they’re the prototype for His bride, the church (Ephesians 5:22-33).
He goes on to encourage men to practice a new skill as they interact with the women around them.
Unlike a static piece of art, all of the women in your life are living, active masterpieces. Each one is wonderfully crafted in ways we could never grasp, even if we spent the rest of our lives studying them. So if we’re even going to begin to appreciate their beauty, we must approach them with great respect for their Creator and behold.
This is a timely and needed message for single men and women, who are searching for what will lead to relationship success and lasting love. But beholding is something we all need to do more of — beginning with beholding the One who created beauty in the first place.
Congratulations to Boundless, Joshua Rogers and the many people who helped this article become an award-winner. And thank you to you, our readers, for faithfully reading the blog posts and articles on Boundless. We pray for you and would appreciate your prayers as we continue to seek creative ways to help you grow in your walk with the Lord