It's hard to look yourself in the mirror everyday and tell yourself, "I am beautiful" when you look at your reflection and everything you see screams "You're ugly and pathetic." Which in fact, is a lie meant to distract you from Psalm 139:14, "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." We soon feel as if we shouldn't even try.
Our definition of beauty is sick and twisted in the culture we're living in now. You "have" to be a certain size or modeling agents won't hire you. You "have" to put on twenty pounds of makeup to look decent. You "have" to dress a perverse way to be accepted. That girl on social media is "so much prettier than you." It's such a sad way to define beauty. It makes other "normal" girls feel like they aren't enough, like they should be something more.
I am here to tell you friend, God's definition of beauty is so very different from our world's standards, and it never changes.. Proverbs 31:30 tells us, "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised." A woman that fears the Lord...she is worth praising. It doesn't say, "A woman that is a size zero shall be praised." It says, "A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."
1 Samuel 16:7 says, "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." God's definition of beauty is not defined by the outward appearance. So, why should ours be?
It doesn't make sense that we look ourselves in the mirror and hate what we see when God says to look at the heart. Is your heart pure? Do you have the whole armor of God on? Are you where you should be with God? Are you loving others instead of seeking self pleasure? If we took as much time to evaluate and "pamper" our hearts as we did our outward appearance, can you imagine how much everlasting joy would be found?
I encourage you to look at yourself as God sees you. It sure did help me a lot with understanding who I am. I'm not just a girl with some makeup on trying to be perfect. I'm human, I make mistakes, and I don't always feel beautiful. But if I know my worth in Jesus Christ and I know that I am not defined by my looks, it encourages my heart to know that it's okay, because (1) I'm made in God's image (Gensis 1:27) and that in itself is so special. (2) I am not perfect, I must accept that, and (3) God doesn't define us by our outward appearance, it's the heart that matters.
So in conclusion, let me ask you something...Is your heart beautiful? I pray it is because that's what matters, not the worldly view of beauty.
Try your best, keep your head tilted high, and stand on Jesus, because He says you're beautiful. To Him, you were worth dying for.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!