I ran smack into two perfect examples this week of the negative effect that our society's idea of beauty has on women. The first was a blog post from a mom who was telling about her pre-teen daughter who was traumatized by a swimsuit shopping trip. http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/LeslieNelsen/539027/
The second example was another blog of a local TV meteorologist who just had a baby a few months ago and she is getting emails from viewers wanting to know if she is pregnant again because she has so much "belly fat." There were many tears involved with both of these instances. http://www.barbiebassett.blogspot.com/
There were many tears involved with both of these instances.
We all have our own ideas of beauty. I wish we could all remember that we are not the sum total of what we see in the mirror. As Christians, this temporary "earth-suit" will be shed one day and then our true beauty will be exposed.
No matter what we look like outside, the truth is that we are daughters of the King...and He calls us beautiful. That should be enough. But in a world that takes stock of us every day...and often finds us lacking...it's difficult not to be affected.
Lord, help us to see the beauty that You have placed inside us...and to remember that no matter what others think, Your opinion trumps all else.