Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
When you think of things that are beautiful what, or who, do you think of?
- the beach
- the sunset
- a lovely bouquet of flowers
- a bride on her wedding day
- a blanket of pure, white snow covering as far as the eye can see
- a vibrant painting
- a waterfall
- the Grand Canyon
- early morning light
- the view from atop a mountain
- a desert
- a dessert (see what I did there?)
- a starry night
- fall leaves
- a rugged landscape
And the list goes on and on. Beauty is such a relative term. We each have our own idea about what is beautiful.
Words Of Wisdom
As a girl I remember my sweet Mom once telling me, “Beauty is as beauty does”.
I’ve passed this advice along to our daughters, and remind them that true beauty comes from what’s inside our heart.
But, if you have teenagers, I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. It’s not an easy concept to encourage a healthy body image to a young person who is growing up in our culture. This becomes especially true when they become more mobile and get social media accounts.
Obsessing about outward appearances can be quite discouraging and damaging to our self concept, young and old alike. It can make us feel that we’ll never quite measure up to the airbrushed photos that we see everywhere. Believe me, I’ve been there.
Years ago, body image was an issue mostly girls and women dealt with, but it’s becoming more prevalent with boys and men now.
The belief that “beauty comes from the inside” is completely opposite from the messages we’re bombarded with daily.
From photo-shopped magazine covers and newspaper ads, to TV commercials and movies–It’s incredibly challenging to teach this concept to girls (and boys) when we are inundated (courtesy of our culture) with YouTube videos, our nations strange obsession with celebrities, selfies and plastic surgery.
Where Does True Beauty Come From?
In Psalms it says “Those who look to Him (God) are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
Ultimately, I believe God is the only one who can make me into a truly beautiful person. And I’m definitely a work in progress!
I’m thankful that no matter how badly I mess up, He can bring beauty from ashes.
He can bring good out of the bad in our crazy, mixed-up world.
I truly believe everyone is beautiful in their own special way. But so many people, men and women alike, believe the lies we’ve been taught from our appearance-obsessed society.
I’m certainly not saying there’s anything wrong with improving our appearance, dressing nicely or looking put together. I’m into fashion and love to wear the latest trends as much as the next girl (when I’m not working from home in yoga pants and t-shirts).
We can also make positive changes by working out and eating healthy, whole foods. We can use natural remedies, such as coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. Or sculpt our bodies by lifting weights. We can also lose weight or lower our body fat.
These things can make us healthier and even fit into our favorite pair of jeans more easily or give us a longer life expectancy.
But, they don’t change the beauty that’s inside us.
I hope you know you’re beautiful!
What do you think about the media and it’s influence on body image? Please share your thoughts below in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
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