So I saw this picture on social media a couple days ago:
This was my first response on Facebook:
‘I’d say worse than unfortunate. I’d say its deeply saddening. Girls, you are your own person. There is no perfect person in this world, in beauty, personality, brains, etc. You were made uniquely for a unique purpose in life by an all-wise and all-powerful God who IS perfect. You were made specifically. No one else is like you. Throw out the belief that there is such a thing as a perfect butt, or eyebrows, or lipstick or whatever it is. Because there isn’t. You are all beautiful and wonderful in your own way, with your own life to live. Live it.’
I’ve been mulling over it constantly, this is something that continues to eat away at me. This negative self image, this perception that the family whose surname rhymes with Bardashian is the definition of beauty or that to be attractive you have to look like supermodels who eat less than a starved rabbit. There are so many ways that I want to tackle this issue but I honestly just want to say this: You know what God sees when He looks at you? Beauty. His treasured possession. His delight. He rejoices over you with song (Zeph 3:17). God is JEALOUS for you. He wants your attention and your affection. He sees someone who He chose before the creation of the world (Eph 1:4).
God, the greatest, most-powerful, most-beautiful, most-loving being in all eternity and reality, made you exactly the way you are, with a specific plan in mind. So, get rid of this crazy notion that you have to look a certain way or have a certain figure to be loved and seen as beautiful. If a man says you have to look like one of those Bardashian girls for him to pay attention, then honestly, that’s not a man you should be with. But that’s a rant for another day. There is no such thing as a perfect person on Earth. The models are not perfect. The Bardashians are not perfect. The popular girls in high school are not perfect. No one here is perfect so throw out the idea that there is an ideal physical form. It’s the feces of a bovine.
The Lord is delighted in you (Psalm 149:4). He is delighted. God is HAPPY with you. God loves you so much, that He believes you are worth dying a horrible, shameful death on a cross for. So that you, a normal ordinary human being, and Him, an all-powerful deity, can be together for eternity.
I cannot even begin to describe how saddening it is to me that people believe that love can only come to them if they look like a supermodel. The lies of the world will fade away before the truth of the Lord and His truth is that you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and are cherished by the Lord. I don’t even know what more I can say to you that would help you to understand this, understand and believe what I am trying to say. But please understand that love (true, proper, amazing love) won’t come from those who are distracted by the shiny, glittery objects and fashions of the world. Fulfilling love comes only from the Lord and His children who set their eyes on Him.
If it helps, here’s a link to another blog who’s posts I find just so inspiring and amazing. This person has found their beauty not in this world but in the Lord:
With that, I bid you goodnight and let you know that, I love you for who you are: a creation of God. My prayers are with you. God bless you.