Saturday, September 19, 2009

True Beauty

Our culture gives us this idea of what beauty is through advertisement, magazines, movie stars, infomercials, etc. It focuses so much on our physical, and nothing on our emotional. When I hear about the personal lives of some "beautiful" women, a lot of times it lessens my view of them. They no longer appear "beautiful" as they once were. This touches on the fact that beauty is more than just physical appearance, it is a matter of the heart as well.

As I was reading one of my new favorite blogs, She Worships, Sharon wrote about how much of a lie women are giving in to. Our culture has defined what beauty is, but even the most beautiful women aren't beautiful enough. You must read: When Super Models Aren't Super Enough

One thing that really hit home was how Dove and Sharon both say that we need to talk to our daughters before the beauty industry does. Ellie will see so many lies from just living, and the last thing I want her to do is believe one of them. I love what Sharon says,
“'Talk to your daughter before the beauty industry does.' But don’t stop there. Talk to your friends, your family, younger women at your church, and most importantly speak truth to yourself. Our best defense against the lies of Satan is the truth of Christ. And our fellow soldiers in this fight are our sisters. So help them fight, but not by affirming them in areas that the world values, thereby feeding back into this culture of distorted beauty. Instead affirm them in the unfading beauty of their gentle spirit and the adornment of their good deeds. Affirm them in their modesty, their purity, their passion for Christ, their servant heart, and their hospitable kindness. Affirm them in those things which God calls beautiful, not the world."
My parents did a great job by affirming true beauty and teaching me what that looks like, as well as always giving me confidence in myself in a positive way. I hope I can do the same for Ellie, affirming her in what is right... that "a woman who fears the Lord is worthy to be praised."

1 comment:

Zach and Laura Hanlon said...

Check out She Worships new post. You can go to it by clicking on the link under my blog roll.

Her new post discusses the problem with us focusing on beauty so much. Even though we are emphasizing how to view what true beauty is as God has defined it, we still are putting too much emphasis on it.

This is truth, she states:
"...the real problem is not that 'true beauty' is under attack. The problem is that we are not a generation of women who are immersed in God’s Word and captivated by His glory."

Instead of focusing on getting attention, or the proper attention, we need to focus on Christ. Then we will no longer focus on our self but instead become selfless.

So although our view needs to be correct on what true beauty is, we also need to make sure that we are captivated by God's love and not the attention from others.