I confess I still battle with mastering true beauty, however learning what true beauty is has been a mind-altering experience.
At 19, I stared in the mirror and thought “Why did you wear a dress? “You should have never cut your hair this short!”
At 22, I stood in line looking at a Kardashian sister on People magazine thinking “I love her hair.” “I wish I had her eyelashes.”
I know a little about searching for beauty through makeup, clothes and shoes. In college, my idea of beauty was sculpted by pop culture. Maintaining this pretense and committing to school was exhausting! If you are there now, you know how draining that place is.
Girl, you are not alone.
God showed me chasing that type of beauty is a hamster wheel. He put beautiful people in my life to illustrate real beauty. People who took this verse seriously:
Jesus said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, all thy soul, and all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. -Matthew 22:37-39
My best friend gave her only good shoes to an orphan in a third world country.
Another gave all her money for the week to a homeless man.
My grandma quietly gave up her desires to give me a life fit for a princess.
My friends have laid down their lives to serve me when I don’t deserve their time.
If you know someone like this, you know what I’m saying. This inner beauty radiates and creates an appearance Kate Upton in a bikini can’t touch.
Placing high value on your outward appearance robs you of yourself. Friend, if you are fighting this battle, you are beyond accepted. You are beautiful to Him! I believe in God, therefore I believe every word of the Bible.
You were made in his image (Genesis 1:27).
The creator of the universe thinks you are precious in His sight and He loves you (Isaiah 43:4).
He takes great joy in YOU and rejoices over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).
He plans the very best for you! He intends for you to have a husband who understands your inner beauty and loves you just as Christ loves his church (Ephesians 5:25).
God doesn’t look at outward appearances, but at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
I like girly stuff just like you. I like clothes and new hair. I don’t have evidence to suggest Jesus disapproves. Shallow beauty is nothing new to Him; so he warns us over and over in the Bible to not fall victim to it; not to take it too seriously. He knows it is fleeting and short lived! Proverbs 31:30.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. -1 Peter 3:3-4