“It’s what’s on the inside that counts!”—we’ve heard it from our friends, family and propaganda plastered on the internet. Almost any life situation calls for someone telling us “It’s what’s on the inside that counts.”:
- We’ve been rejected by our crush, so our friends try to give us a pick-me-up.
- We’ve turned down a guy, but a friend or family member thinks we should give him a chance.
- There’s a new girl in class who’s insanely pretty and to top it off she’s nice, so we have to give ourselves a boost.
- We aren’t performing well at our hobbies—whether a sport or band, so we reassure ourselves.
It’s used for almost any situation that may call for a confidence boost. It’s said to the point where we’ve dubbed it a “cliché” thing to say. So, is it really what’s on the inside that counts?
Of course it matters. When we’re 70 years old, we want people to love us for our personalities and what we give to the world. We don’t want them to view the materialistic and surface things about us. But why does it matter? What is it about us, on the inside, that’s important enough that we have to have constant reminders?
He created us so that what we gave to the world mattered more than what we looked like.
It’s because there’s only one us in the world. We don’t have clones of ourselves walking around that, as a result, make our personality and actions less special. Though we make similar decisions as others (like eating the extra cookie), that decision, and the consequences are unique to us and our situation.
We shouldn’t concern ourselves with our outward appearance. Our level of attractiveness is obsolete in comparison to something very unique inside us—our conscience and emotions. No one has our exact same mindset and emotions. If we want to be blonde like Sarah, we can do that. If we want straight hair like Mary, we can also make that happen. Changing our outer presentation to the world is easily manipulated, but our aspirations and morals aren’t. So it’s what’s on the inside that counts, because no one can quiet match what each of us have on the inside.
Besides that, God created us a particular way. He created us so that what we give to the world matters more than our looks. He knows that our personality, quirks and actions hold more substance to those that truly care about us. So, when someone says “It’s what’s on the inside that counts,” we should know that it does, because the person who said it, truly believes that what we have on the inside matters.