Hey girls! Happy June! I have been thinking a lot lately about the pressures on us [ women ] to look a certain way, and the insecurities that those pressures foster. This question kept popping into my mind: Who do I let set the standard for my beauty?
Look, I do not have a thigh gap and I am so okay with that! I am not defined by whether or not my body fits into societal standards. My heart and soul are what make up my beauty – and the same goes for you. Your intelligence and your wit, your tenderness and compassion, your strengths and your weaknesses are what make up your beauty, but more importantly, it is your holiness that makes you more beautiful than anything that the eye can see. Nothing in this would, no unrealistic standard, can ever detract for the beauty of your inward being.
Your Beauty Goes Deeper
God is the creator of beauty, and He says that you are the crown jewel of His creation. Stop for a moment and think of the most beautiful thing that you have ever seen. Maybe it is a sunrise or a landscape of snowcapped mountains. God is the author of creation. God says that you are more beautiful than such wonders, and treasured beyond measure.
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel — rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God
– 1 Peter 3:3-4
God’s word teaches us that inward beauty is lasting and true. Our inward beauty is eternal. This world bombards you and I with the lie that we are not outwardly beautiful enough. God’s word says it is “the hidden person of the heart” that is incorruptibly beautiful. I have found such comfort in that truth.
Beauty In Holiness
Instead of focusing so much energy on outward vanities, focus on growing the hidden person of the heart. Focus on becoming more inwardly beautiful. We make an investment that is eternal when we focus on growing inwardly, and pursuing holiness. A beautiful heart radiates more light than any primping ever could.
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness..
– Psalm 96:9
We so often associate beauty with happiness – media certainly portrays that message. Scripture teaches us that God equates beauty to holiness. What keeps us from holiness is the ugliness of sin. We grow more inwardly beautiful when we become more holy, but we must first repent of our sin. Reject the lies that society peddles and pursue the beauty of holiness.
Enjoy Feminine Expression
Fashion and makeup [ and other forms of beautification ] are not bad. They are wonderful expressions of creativity. But that is all that they should be – expressions. Put on makeup because you enjoy it. Wear clothes that express your personality. Enjoy those feminine expressions freely but do not let them define you. Chase after the hidden person of the heart. Chase after holiness. You will find that you are more beautiful for it, in the most meaningful way possible.
SHOP THIS LOOK
because it’s okay to enjoy fashion!
What encouragement have you found in scripture on this topic? What do you feel defined by? Who do you let set the standard for your beauty? Let’s chat in the comments!
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