Beauty is Pain

As a girl living in a nation that is obsessed with self image I will tell you it can be very challenging. The pressures a girl faces to obtain the “perfect body” can be all consuming.When I was around the age of nine I remember seriously contemplating the most stylish outfit I could come up with to wear to Wednesday night church. I chose jean shorts  and decided to pair them with Target brand Ugg boots since it was chilly outside. When I walked into church a close friend of mine admired my outfit and said you must be cold but, beauty is pain. Recently I was listening to a song on the radio and heard the same words, “Beauty is pain”.

Why is it that our nation teaches girls that we have to take extreme, sometimes even painful measures, to be considered beautiful? I know that my nine year old example is not drastic or very fashionable but it shows that even young girls desire to be considered beautiful by others and are willing to be freezing cold so that someone will tell them that they look cute. Teenaged girls tend to find their satisfaction in how guys view them. I know this because the most seductive photos on Instagram of teenage girls usually have the most “likes” by guys. Girls are willing to take drastic measures such as anorexia, bulimia, plastic surgery, extreme dieting, and the daily application of pounds of makeup so that people will view them as beautiful. Depression tends to sink in when a girl feels ugly because she feels worthless.

Personally, I tend fall into the temptation of believing I am worthless because of how I view my self. Recently, I have found that I have to continually seek truth into my life so that I will not become consumed with the lies and pressures of the world. Being a girl is hard and I am 100% certain that guys struggle with their self image as well. This is a growing epidemic that needs to be confronted.

We find our worth in the redemption of Christ. Genesis 1:27 says, ” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.” (ESV) We are created in God’s image simply meaning that we are a reflection of God. We cannot be ugly, globs of grossness if we are a reflection of the Creator. If you are a Christian God claims you as chosen race, a royal priesthood, his heir, the sweet aroma of Christ and much more. God also reminds us in Proverbs 31:30 that beauty is not everything, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vein, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (ESV) Strive to fear the Lord instead of exhausting yourself to look like a Kardashian.

I would like to propose a challenge to you. Every time you see yourself as worthless or gross remind yourself that you are a reflection of God, you are His creation, His son or daughter, His heir, His ambassadors, you are holy and dearly loved by God, you have been made complete in Christ, you are the light of the world. Speak truth into your life because Satan is more than willing to speak lies into your life. Also view others as God’s creation instead of an object that can be judged.

In closing I disagree with the statement that beauty is pain. I believe it can be challenging to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle but I do not think that is how you obtain beauty. Beauty comes from a servant heart ready to glorify God. Beauty is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self control.

Where Did We Go Wrong?

Where did our country go wrong?

We started asking the politicians what they could do for us instead of asking them how they were going to glorify God.

While I was watching the very entertaining presidential debate I realized that politics revolve around our wants and needs instead of God’s desires for us. This is what I think happened. There was a generation that was selfish which led to destruction. Sin is a reality and so are the consequences that come with it. Families began to break, divorce was accepted, then premarital sex, then abortion, and now homosexual marriage is something our country is prideful about. How did this happen? We the Christians began to embrace sin instead of dying to ourselves daily and fighting the battle of good and evil. I struggle with sin and will always because of the world that we live in however, we the Christ Followers, must follow Christ.

God calls us to carry our cross daily to kill our fleshly desires and live for Him. If you are going to a church to be served instead of to serve you may want to ask yourself why that is. Is it because you think the church is for you or you think that the church is a place to unite and worship? We fail to realize that our purpose in life is to glorify God. If we live to simply glorify God, then we would live in a different world but sadly that is not the case. My generation is reaping consequences of prior generations and the generations after us will probably reap consequences of our sin. So what must we do? How do we find hope in a nation that is crumbling and encapsulated in sin? We pray, we abide, we share the gospel, we repent, we become selfless instead of selfish, we do things intentionally, we show compassion, we serve the Lord.

I would like to challenge everyone reading this blog to pray for our nation and my generation. I believe that my generation can lead future generations to live boldly for Christ. We just need your prayers. Pray for revival, for clarity, for wisdom, and pray for boldness. Lastly, parents, disciple your children. They need you. Give them the hope of Christ that you have, raise them to love the Lord that you love, show them how to be bold, be the example.