Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Girls Rocking 2015! - What 'Beautiful' Really Means

Hello, lovelies!  After taking a little hiatus, we are back with the next installment in the Girls Rocking 2015 series.  Today we are talking about a little word that has a lot of power and meaning - "beautiful".

If you are female, you've probably heard this word.  It could have been when you were a baby and someone told your parents how beautiful you were, or it could have been recently.  We hear it from people we know and those we don't.  You might be surprised to know that even though most people say it as a compliment, a lot of women don't accept it as one.

Many women believe that the word "beautiful" sets the standard too high for outer beauty and undermines a woman's mind and character and all those things that comprises inner beauty.  While I believe that context is everything, I don't agree that being called beautiful is a bad thing.  Here's why.

I think everyone is familiar with a comment such as, "You look so much like your father" or "you have your mother's smile".  I know I have.  Genesis 1:27 tells us that we have been created in the likeness of our Heavenly Father.  He made us all in His image!  The same God who placed the stars in the heavens, painted each sunset and split mountains with water, made us!  No painter, sculptor or graphic designer could accomplish that feat.

Whether you struggle with looking in the mirror because you think your ears are too big or nose too pointy or maybe you think you are ten pounds overweight, you can rest assured that God made you exactly how He wanted you.

You are beautiful because you were created in His image.

Genesis isn't the only book to reference beauty.  1 Peter 3:3-4 says, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair or wearing gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."  This passage, among others, has varied interpretations in different churches. Many take it literally and believe they can't wear jewelry, color their hair or purchase clothing anywhere other than thrift shops.  I believe it simply means we should be putting our time and effort into what's in our hearts rather than focusing on our outward appearance.

Proverbs 31:30 says, "Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."  Ladies, this is confirmation that our physical appearance won't last forever.  Instead, we should be following Jesus.

What do you think when you hear the word 'beautiful'?

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