What is your definition of beauty? Do you think you are beautiful?
If I had been asked that question a few years ago I would have answered with a firm and confident no, followed by a swift change of conversation.
I’m pretty sure that a lot, if not most teenage girls would respond in a similar way. We do not think we are beautiful. We are constantly wishing we looked differently, or maybe even wanting to be an entirely different person altogether. We look to our right and wish we had that girl’s long, voluminous blonde hair. We look to our left and wonder why we don’t have glowingly flawless skin. The question on my heart today is why?! Why do we do this?
I’ve spent the entire day reading and thinking about this. And I have finally (literally just this second) come to the conclusion that God never intended us to be so fixated on our outward appearances. God never wanted this. When He made Adam and Eve right in the very beginning, He didn’t hand them a mirror and say “okay cool, keep an eye on yourself at all times – if you aren’t looking sharp then I’m not interested”. He didn’t even give them clothes! He didn’t care for Nike trainers, leather jackets or Mac lipsticks.
Society has somehow fooled us into believing that beauty is on the outside; it’s the perfectly shaped nose and the slender toned body. But God’s truth is that beauty lies solely in the heart; it’s who we are and how we love, think and live.
Ephesians 2:10 says that we are His masterpiece. The definition of masterpiece is a work done with extraordinary skill.
Psalm 139:14 says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. The definition of wonderfully is unusually good, admirable, excellent and beautiful.
How different would our thoughts and our lives be if we truly understood that? How differently would we go about our day if our hearts were fully convinced of that truth?
I’m not saying that caring about your looks or enjoying make-up and fashion is a bad thing – they’re actually some of my favourite things to do. But if they consume your thoughts and they takeover who you are, you’re heading for disaster.
Be found in the One who created you. Have confidence in who He made you to be and have the boldness to walk through life knowing that you were made with a purpose and you have a future filled with hope. Live everyday knowing that you are loved and accepted by the Lord of all.
God’s purpose for your life has nothing to do with your frizzy hair, out of fashion boots or chunky knees. His purpose for your life has everything to do with your heart. That’s where your beauty truly lies. Everything good and everything pure comes from there and that’s where you’ll find true joy and satisfaction in life.