Food for thought…A call to be beautiful

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A Call to Be Beautiful

By: Kristen Clark

I remember seeing a commercial a few years back put out by Covergirl. The commercial featured several different models each holding a bright colored lipstick in her hand. The camera panned back and forth as each model took her turn applying Covergirl’s latest “Kissable” lipstick.

After applying the new lipstick the model would naturally catch the attention of some handsome stud walking by and of course he would immediately fall in love with her.

The goal of the commercial can be summed up in one sentence: “Buy Covergirl’s long lasting lipstick and it will give you that outward glamorous touch you need to catch the hottest guys and to look and feel truly beautiful.”

I was driving down the road the other day and saw a billboard with an advertisement for a cosmetic surgery office which featured a seductively dressed model and the statement, “Enhance your beauty.”

The message was loud and clear: If you want to be beautiful you will need a large chest, plump lips, luscious hair, a skinny waist, and long eyelashes.

If you live in America right now you know exactly what I’m talking about.

You’ve seen the commercials, the ads, the music videos, the billboards, and the magazines like I have. You’ve stared into the mirror when nobody else was around and wished you were a lot prettier. You’ve compared yourself to other girls and cried, “Why God! Why didn’t you make me as pretty as her?”

I know exactly how that goes because I’ve experienced every one of those things too. I’ve felt the same way you have.

Our culture today is cruel and relentless when it comes to the definition of beauty.

They demand nothing but perfection from us. Without even realizing it, we get sucked into the lie that a huge part of our value and worth comes from how we look and from how much others look at us.

We’re bombarded every day with the so-called innocent and playful advertisements like the Covergirl commercial. We don’t question whether it’s true or not because we don’t give it that much thought. We don’t think the culture is affecting our worldview because we can’t pinpoint one specific thing that’s influencing us.

The billboards, magazines, and commercials must be doing something right because women as a whole are buying into their agenda – big time.

According to recent research, the cosmetic industry in America alone brings in roughly 40 billion dollars a year. If you added up the rest of the world, we are spending roughly 170 billion a year on cosmetics alone. According to www.economist.com, it is estimated that, “Americans spend more each year on beauty than they do on education.”

That’s a lot of money from the pockets of girls and women who are striving to be beautiful.

A study was done on a college campus by the National Association of Anorexia and out of the girls they surveyed, 86% of them reported the onset of an eating disorder by the age of 20.

The most shocking part of our culture’s attempt to redefine beauty is how it has affected the supermodels. If being stunningly gorgeous is supposed to make us happy, then why do supermodels ever commit suicide? Right before the tragic suicidal death of a successful 20 year old model, she wrote on her blog, “The more I gain the more lonely it is… I know I’m like a ghost.”

Even the supermodels can’t measure up because they’ve been photoshopped and chopped a hundred times to make them look “perfect.” Their beauty, makeup, and fake tans still aren’t enough.

So what is enough!?

How beautiful do we have to be before we will be happy!? How much makeup do we have to wear before we’re totally satisfied with our appearance!? How skinny is skinny enough??

The answer? It isn’t found in our culture. It’s isn’t found in the modeling industry. It isn’t even found by wearing the latest Covergirl lipstick.

It’s found from the mouth of the Man who loves you more than anyone has ever loved you before. From the hand of Your Creator who gave you life and designed you to take after His Image. From the God who crafted every detail of your unique body and said, “this is good” (Genesis 1:31).

You have a Father in heaven who doesn’t judge your outward appearance according to Hollywood’s standards.

You have a Father who doesn’t value you based on how “attractive” you are. You have a Father who loves you and calls you one of His children.

The reason you and I get so depressed about our looks is because we’re looking for someone or something other than God to define us. We’re basing our value and worth on whether or not other people think we’re pretty. We’re basing our value and worth on whether or not guys think we’re attractive.

This kind of thinking is a guaranteed dead-end road that will lead you and me right into discontentment, ingratitude, and sadness. I know because I’ve tried it.

When we chase after something as fleeting as outward beauty, we will never catch it. Even if we think we’ve caught it, it doesn’t last. It always fades away.

There is only one thing proven to combat this giant issue.

Gratitude to God.

The most joyful girls in the world are those who have learned that the comparing game is a losing game.

The winning strategy is to focus on who we are in Christ. To focus on our Savior who died on the cross and gave us eternal life because He loved us. Our identity isn’t from this world, but in the powerful work of the gospel that transforms us.

Our hearts cry should be praises and gratitude to God like David had, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:13-14).

When was the last time you actually thanked God for how He made you?

When was the last time you praised God for the fact that He loved you so much, He was willing to die on a cross for you?

On this earth, you may never be special to the modeling industry, and you may not be special to your peers, but you are very special to your Creator.

God is looking for girls, like you, who are willing to courageously go against the grain. Girls who are brave enough to set a new trend and a new standard. Girls who are done standing for the applause of this world, and instead stand for the applause of their King.

Our generation is in desperate need of free-thinking-godly-girls like this. Girls who will reject the never-attainable image of our culture and instead pursue the beautiful image of Christ.

There is nothing more attractive in a girl than a beautiful smile flowing from a heart that is in love with her Savior.

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Comments

  1. this is so good and right on target. I was thinking we should post some of these to the school website that the students might see them and take them to heart!