Earlier this month, I was challenged by someone on Instagram to post a picture of me. In the picture, you are supposed to have makeup on one side, and no make up on the other side of your face. This made me think about two things.
1. God's idea of beauty and
2. The world's idea of beauty
The World's Perspective
To fit the world's idea of beauty, there are hundreds of girls fighting for their life. The average American girl weighs 145 pounds, and is 5'4", but the media has changed that. A recent study in the U.K. has proven that more than half of girls are unsatisfied with their weight by the age of 10, and want to lose a significant amount of weight - boys feel this way by age 14-15. Teenage girls and young adults suffer from anxiety and a high rate of stress due to worrying about their weight.
Going against the average height and weight, most media channels and teenage dreams consist of the need to have a thigh gap (one that is bigger than the average), a weight that is not healthy for their height (driving them toward anorexia and bulimia), and to make changes to their looks/body to be just like the Victoria Secret models seen in magazines. These girls want to change what God gave them, because the world puts a huge weight on them - making them think that they are inhuman - when they are a beautiful child of God.
No matter what the media wants you to think, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Song of Solomon 4:7, "Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee." God created you as a beautiful child of God - there is no flaw in you because of Christ. We want to think that we should change something about us to be "perfect," but in reality, no one is perfect except for Jesus.
1 Peter 3:3-4 reminds us:
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hari, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
We shouldn't worry about the clothes we wear, how much time we spend on our hair and makeup, or which jewelry we need to complete the whole "look." Instead, we need to seek the beauty found in Christ and draw nigh to God (James 4:8). Beauty within, is so much more important because that is what really matters to God. More important to Him than the clothes we wear, He really thinks a pure and quiet heart is more precious than the jewels we wear around our neck.
Challenge this week: Look in the mirror, and tell yourself all of the things that make you beautiful in the sight of Christ.