I thought I'd take a brief moment in the midst of a busy week to explain the logo I've chosen for myself; the moon framed by branches. I know you can't see it very well in the internet tab, and blogspot won't let me upload a new picture with larger text, but this is what it looks like.
The moon does not produce any light of its own. By itself, it's a pretty unremarkable piece of rock. But what changes it from this lump of dust to the shining silver light we see in the sky is light from the sun reflecting off of it and back toward earth. In the same way, we change from ordinary to beautiful when we choose to reflect the light of the Son of God back into the darkness of our world, and people will notice.
The branches around the moon remind us that He is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5), and without Him we are nothing. When you cut a branch from a tree, it no longer gets the water and nutrients it needs, and it dies. We receive light from the Son and nourishment from His word, and we grow in Him.
I didn't do this on purpose, but I love the way God works out even the little things. The initials of "Beauty Eternal" spell the word "be." The world wants us to believe that you have to work at being beautiful; that you have to spend hours agonising in front of the mirror to get every hair and eyelash and speck of makeup just right. But really, when it comes to beauty, the work is unnecessary. We are beautiful, so we really just need to let ourselves be, to relax and find peace in the presence of God. I'm beginning to see more and more that beauty isn't about doing; it's about being.
So we reflect the light of the Son, we gain nourishment from His word, and we let ourselves be as beautiful as He made us. This is what makes eternal beauty.