If I were to ask a group of people what is beauty, I believe there would be a wide variety of answers.
The world’s definition of beauty according to Webster’s dictionary is “the quality… in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses.” Also, “particularly graceful, ornamental, or excellent quality.” https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/beauty
Physical beauty is fleeting in the world’s eyes. This is why we typically don’t see many romance movies with 70-year-old leading actors and actresses. This explains why older women may use anti-aging products or have surgeries to enhance or eliminate parts of themselves. Now, I want to be clear I am not in judgment of people who do this, but I do want to recognize a very real pressure from society. There are standards out there that are simply unreachable and unrealistic.
I feel like the attempt to reach “Hollywood” sized standards is like a hamster running on a wheel. She can run harder and longer, eventually exhausting herself, but the hamster is still in the same place she was before.
Ponder this… according to the media, last season pencil thin and tall was in, this season curvy girls are coming back. We as women are riding an emotional roller coaster of inconsistent definitions of beauty. Let’s be honest, not everyone is going to be tall and thin and not everyone is going to be curvy. God made us all different… on PURPOSE! 🙂
My challenge is for us to begin looking at the Bible’s definition of beauty. Below are some examples of beauty.
- God our King (Isaiah 33:17, Psalm 27:4, Isaiah 28:5)
- Creation (Genesis 1:31)
- People in Scripture (i.e. Vashti – Esther 1:11, Rachel – Genesis 29:17, The Bride – Song of Solomon 4:11, Abigail – 2 Samuel 25:3, Tamar – 2 Samuel 13:1, Psalm 139:14)
- Fear of the Lord (Proverbs 31:30)
- Those who share the Gospel Romans 10:15, Isaiah 52:17)
Next time you want to tweak things about yourself to fit into a certain mold of perfection you have set in your mind, I encourage you dear sister to think about how beautiful God has made you and reflect on true beauty that is never fleeting.
May we focus on growing in the fruit of the Spirit and adorning ourselves with love rather than chasing after the fickle definitions of beauty this world offers. May we wear modest outfits that give us confidence, experiment with make up colors and have fun with hairstyles, while speaking positivity over ourselves.
I pray that we look in the mirror and see more than our faces, but see ourselves through the eyes of God; as wholly completed in Christ, designed by the Master Creator and being satisfied in our hearts from the inside out.