Warning! I’m fired up!
When I heard about the teen girl (now in her twenties) who was voted “ugliest woman in the world” and plastered on YouTube, I was infuriated!!! The video of this girl is less than 8 seconds and has over 4 million hits, probably mostly due to human curiosity. However, some of the comments people left on this site were appalling. Things like, “You should do yourself and everyone a favor and kill yourself!”
This shouldn’t be, but it is!
Then there’s the airbrushed, unrealistic beauties covering billboards and store windows. The larger than life photos of women (well girls really) wearing not much more than a handkerchief saturate our society. Magazines covered with cleavage are plastered across every magazine rack in the world. How are the guys in our lives, our sons and husbands in particular, expected to watch television, go to the store or walk through the mall and somehow NOT be affected by this near pornographic nonsense we call normal? Better yet how are we as women not going to be affected by it?
Our culture has become desensitized! And our idea of beauty is skewed.
On an average day I’m fairly content and confident with my appearance. I figure it is what it is, and I do the best I can with what God’s given me. But it’s difficult not to have fleeting moments of comparing ourselves when it’s in our faces in the line to buy groceries. It’s tough not to battle thoughts of being fat, ugly, or worthless.
This shouldn’t be, but it is!
I look at the pictures of these models and think there’s a woman behind that cleavage with feelings, and no doubt, insecurities and hurts of her own. And that girl they called ugly, my heart breaks for her. No one, absolutely no one deserves that title!
But guess what, God sees under the cleavage into the heart. He sees past the horrible human labels, and the ones we call ugly, He calls beautiful. To God our sin is ugly (the judging and name-calling), but He never looks at His creation as ugly.
For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 b
Be assured God is perfect! He doesn’t make mistakes! And He didn’t make a mistake when He made me, you, the beautiful girl called ugly, or the cleavage girl whose a real person too.
He created every individual fearfully and wonderfully, with beauty as He sees it, not as we see it.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Psalm 139:13-15
God doesn’t care about outward beauty. He wants our hearts, and desires they look more like His… filled with love, compassion, patience, and kindness. Jesus was the most beautiful person to ever walk the planet earth, because He was never tainted by sin. Yet there was no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men. Isaiah 53:2b-3a (emphasis mine) He understands our hurts. He knows rejection. And He recognizes true beauty, the heart kind.
This should be, and it is!
The presence of Jesus in us makes us beautiful. Some people seem to have Holy Spirit oozing out their pores. They light up every room they enter, and somehow being near them is like being nearer to God.
These, regardless of outer appearance, are the beautiful inspirers and the ones we should aspire to model ourselves after.