What IS Beautiful?

Sometimes we look in the mirror and don't like what we see. For some girls, this happens more than others, but nonetheless this happens at least once in every girl's life.

What is it about the mirror that has us believing that we're not good enough? Maybe it's not just the mirror...maybe it's partially the opinions, words, and actions of peers, friends, guys, and family when they're around you. Maybe it's partially the media - telling us who's worthy and who's not, what you should look like, and guaranteeing that "if you buy this, or lose this, or get that, or be like her, or get him to like you, you'll be forever happy." Maybe we laugh them off, telling ourselves, "I'm beautiful. Real beauty comes from within," but not really believing it.

So many words have been tossed around in today's society, like "beautiful" and "love," to name two. While we're on the subject, people think love is emotions, feelings, and they use it too freely. "Beautiful" is also, I believe, used too freely. The mirror, peers, and boys are all telling you - in very different ways from one another - what beautiful is and if you meet that standard. Like we're gonna believe some boy's standards of beautiful, right? That's what we think in our heads. We think that we will never be fooled into trying to be what other people - and the mirror - want us to be, instead of what God wants us to be. But then we start worrying about what those people think - the very people we thought we'd never care what they thought. The truth is, you can "look right," have the "right clothes," wear the "right makeup," have the "right body" or "right teeth" or "right eyes" or "right hair" or "right friends"...but you know what? That's not beautiful. Beautiful isn't being happy all the time. Beautiful isn't your looks. Beautiful isn't the girl who puts down others to make herself feel good.

Beautiful is the girl who loves God, knows that He loves her, and shines for Him.

Sure, we all have bad days when we don't feel very good about ourselves. But we shouldn't put ourselves down and say, "You're fat, you're ugly, you're worthless. I hate you." Because you know what? To God, you are...

Beautiful
Sparkling
Worth more than you could ever imagine
Unique
...and a lot more.

God doesn't hate you, and He never, ever will. He loves you and He always, always will. When we put ourselves down, we are telling God - even if we don't realize it - that we don't like what He created. Ouch. Imagine that you were making a Christmas ornament. The outside of the ball-shaped ornament was dull, glass, just boring. But the inside was bursting with color, confetti, sparkles, and little treasures like seashells. But one day a friend comes along, sees the ornament, and decides she doesn't like it. She dumps out all the wonderful contents, rolls them in black paper, and puts them back in the ornament. Now all you can see is the black.

God created beautiful, sparkling, one-of-a-kind qualities and gifts inside of us, even if we don't know what they are. We should let those gifts shine and sparkle and reach the world for Christ.

So, even if you hear it all the time, it's true - it doesn't matter what other people think. Because you aren't beautiful because of anything you've accomplished, who you are, or who you have tried to be or pretended to be. You're beautiful because of who He is and who He created you to be. So I'm gonna challenge you today to talk to God and ask Him to make your inner beauty shine. Ask Him to make you as genuine as you can be.

Galatians 1:10 (NLT) says: "Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please God, I would not be God's servant."

1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT) says: Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

Smile, beautiful. Jesus loves you :).
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Lou  – (December 14, 2011 at 7:45 AM)  

ahh, this was good. actually it was great. I think we all struggle with this and we need to be constantly reminded! Also, about the shapes for the bokeh pics, you just cut out a small shape in a piece of black paper and put it on top of your lens. It's really fun! Also, this is random, but my mom was walking by and saw your signature and she was like 'talia? who's that?' and she said that she was going to name me Talia. :)

Love,
Lindsey

Tracy & Kelsey  – (December 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM)  

Hey there Talia,

I recently did a (new) post about this. http://kelseysdaydream.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-much.html Please read it. Please.

Love,
Kelsey!!!!

Emily  – (August 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM)  

Hey! I did a post about beauty recently, too...here's the link...

emily-sunshine-girl.blogspot.com/2012/08/you-are-beautiful.html

I also saw that you said that in Galatians 1:10 (NLT) it says: "Obviously, I'm not trying to be a people pleaser! No, I am trying to please God. If I were still trying to please GOD, I would not be God's servant."

Did you mean "If I were still trying to please MEN, I would not be God's servant"? :-) Just wondering.

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