You're Beautiful

I've been thinking a lot about beauty lately. It seems like everyone has a definition for what beauty is, and with so many different definitions flying, it's hard to find the real meaning. You know what I'm saying?
Google defines it as "A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense." Magazines, movies, billboards, and TV shows define it as skinny and flawless with a perfect figure, perfect hair, and perfect everything. Many people (teen girls especially) fall into the trap of believing that the media's definition of beauty is the credible one. We envy celebrities and people whose lives are seemingly perfect. We know they have flaws, but we still wish we could be them (whether we let on to it or not). We watch the movies where the gorgeous girls get the handsome guys and we see the magazines on racks of girls with straight hair and no zits and perfect teeth. We cross our arms over ourselves and spend enormous amounts of time on how we look, hoping that we will hold a candle to these drop-dead gorgeous girls. Over time, wishing we were like these girls (or at least looked like them) transforms us into someone we're not. We start dressing like the popular people, acting like them, talking like them, listening to the music they like and neglecting our true selves. I hope you've figured out by now that the media's definition of real beauty is just flat-out WRONG. But how does God define beauty?

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.

Wearing low-cut, tight clothes and caking on makeup may get you attention - just not the right kind of attention. When you see the girls on movies and magazine covers wearing immodest clothes and posing in a suggestive way, what kind of clue does that give you to their inner selves? It sure doesn't make you think that she is a truly beautiful person on the inside - where it really counts.

Proverbs 31:30 says:  Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
 

CT Studd said, "Only one life, 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last." Fame and fortune won't last. Stares you get from dressing immodestly won't last. Being the prettiest won't last. All of those things are temporary. But let me tell you, true inner beauty will last - the kind of beauty that loves others, cares about people, is kind to those no one is kind to, and is helpful...the kind of beauty that loves God and loves to worship Him and read His Word.

So don't be someone you're not. Don't wish you were someone you're not. Don't conform and do what everyone else is doing and wearing when it's not you. Don't be concerned with being the skinniest and prettiest. God created you beautiful - don't deny the beautiful person He created you to be! Eat a cheeseburger, laugh 'til your sides hurt, love God, love others, sing even if you're off-key, acknowledge that everyone has flaws, and cherish who God created you to be!

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Michal  – (July 18, 2012 at 4:09 PM)  

Thank you for posting this. It is something that we need to always remember.

Molly  – (July 18, 2012 at 4:43 PM)  

Oh Talia, I so needed this today. I can't tell you how much this encouraged me. I did need a little reminder that I am beautiful, no matter what the world says. Talia, you are such a beautiful girl, inside and out, and I want you to know that you are such an encouagement to girls out there, and I don't want you to ever stop :)

~Molly~
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Sonya Joy  – (July 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM)  

Talia, thank you so much for posting this. It was exactly what I needed to hear today!!

amani S.  – (July 18, 2012 at 6:16 PM)  

great job!
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Sunshine  – (July 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM)  

Well said Talia. You got the definition of beautiful written just as it should be as. Thank you for sharing this!
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Kara Klarabelle Siert  – (July 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM)  

That's for the encouragement and the wonderful writing, Talia. :) Love you!
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Carina Geigley  – (July 29, 2012 at 6:21 AM)  

Talia, You are truly beautiful! That is something everybody should here and do as it says. Keep up the amazing blogging! Love you :)
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