"The Lord their God will save his people on that day as a shepherd saves his flock. They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown." -Zechariah 9:16
I love looking at Christmas lights, or anything sparkling, glittering, shining. It catches my eye and seems so beautiful and enchanting to me! I think as humans we all have a tendency to do this in our daily lives, we tend to choose the prettiest looking drink, food, clothing, places, people.. We need to learn to look on the inside as well, rather than making all our judgments based on outward appearance.
In pageants, outward appearance can only take you so far. You have to display your character, poise, intelligence, and drive. While this Christmas tree (from my church back home in Morganton, NC) is gorgeous, God sees us all as precious, shining jewels.
Know your worth, look on the inside of others, and embrace beauty in all aspects of the word!