Thursday, September 29, 2011

Proverbs 31 Challenge, Day 13

(30) Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
(31) Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.

Welp, this is the last post in this challenge. I don't know how many of you are actually still reading these, and haven't gotten tired of them always popping up in your feed, but for me, it's been a great challenge.

These last verses, for me, are the most important: In an earlier post, I started to scratch on the idea of focusing on you inner beauty rather than your outer beauty, and now I'm going to delve into it with greater detail.

I don't think I'm the only girl who would say that I can literally feel the pressure of the culture to be the "perfect, super star model of a body". It's a daily struggle to not look in the mirror and think "Why can't my nose be less pointy? Why can't that freckle go away? Why do I have to be so darn pasty white? Why can't my hair be perfect, like all the girls' hair on TV? Why can't my waist be just a little slimmer, and my chest a little larger? Why can't I just have the 'perfect body'?!?"
Every time practically any woman looks into the mirror, she immediately seizes out things to pick on. She compares herself to those who have spent millions of dollars on cosmetics, plastic surgery, and even computer graphics. The images we see on TV and the internet cheat us. You've probably already seen this already, but this helps prove my point so I'll post it anway: Dove Evolution-Not what you think you're seeing

That video pretty much takes the words out of my mouth. It proves that yes, "Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain". It's all a scam. The culture holds us women up and tells us we must be literally, impossibly beautiful. We must be perfect. If you're not, then sorry, but out of the "social circle" you go.

But the fact is, we can't have the "perfect body". Not just because we don't have billions of dollars to spend on plastic surgery, cosmetics, and whatever else, but because the "perfect body" just doesn't exist.

(23)For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
 ~Romans 3:23

 We can't be perfect, because God alone is perfect. Striving after the "perfect body" is waste of time. Don't get sucked into that black hole. It's sad watching all the celebrities waste their lives over it. No. "But a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

We shouldn't be spending all our time in front of the mirror, wishing for what we obviously can't have. Instead we should be focusing more on our inner beauty. Our outer appearance will, in time, fade away. And we shall all only see what's on the inside. Make what people will see then just as beautiful as you were when you were  young, if not more so. Don't waste your life being sucked into a pointless lie. Devote your life to Christ, and let His beauty be yours.

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