What is the first thing that pops in your mind when you hear the word beauty?
What does beauty mean to you and how are you self-imposing your perceptions on to other people?
These things have been crossing my mind lately because of how the “world” defines what beauty is to us. I have been meditating on the scripture that says, I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image (Psalm 139:14) and it made me rejoice as a woman, a servant of God and yes a former mirror addict. True beauty is knowing who we are beyond the mirror. It is perfectly okay not to look like other people and not to get your identity confused with what your appearance is on the outside. Remember, people see the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7). I realized that there are not enough people who the world considers beautiful, speaking metaphorically, that “beauty is more than skin deep”. People that the world often dismisses. The people who actually “add” value to your life but instead they are unworthy of your time and because they are not pretty by the world’s standards.
While outward beauty isn’t everything that is what most people focus on because of not being able to look within and see their beauty from their Creator and for their character. I know a lot of women who are pretty but have a bad attitude. As ladies, we tend to look towards these types of women as models that defines what beauty is, why? When was the last time you looked towards someone who was broke as inspiration to become wealthy? When was the last you looked to someone for mentorship to start a business and they can’t even hold down a job? More than likely, you went to someone who wasn’t in your situation, or who had gotten out of it. This leads to an even bigger conversation and what it means to live authentically. I define living authentically as being who God created me to be, knowing my identity is not in the world but in Him.
We should address how we see beauty. It may be hard to discuss and digest, but the conversation is worth the self-reflection.
Leave your comments below and let’s discuss, what does beauty mean to you?
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