We live during a time where we are constantly surrounded by advertisements for commodities. Magazines remind you that you’re not skinny enough. Malls remind you that you’re not fashionable enough. Instagram reminds you that you need to get the latest contour kit so you can have as many likes as Gigi Hadid. The list goes on and on. Everything is being turned into some type of commodity and it seems it all could be yours for just the low price of $19.99. From reality television to the victoria secret fashion show, if you’re like me, sometimes you find yourself questioning your beauty and worth when it seems as if the entire world around you is trying to make you something different than you are. Am I really beautiful if I don’t have thighs like her? Or my hair isn’t as straight or long as hers? What about if I put on tons of makeup and wear an expensive watch? Do I live up to the pretty standards that I am constantly exposed to?
The answer it no.
Ask yourself this question, “When Am I The Prettiest.” If the first thing that comes to your head is “When I am wearing my new Kylie Lip Kit” or “After I take a trip to the mall” I want you to meditate on the scripture below. If above represents genuine feelings about when you feel your prettiest, that is okay. Know that your feelings are your feelings and they should never be neglected. However, the scripture below may be something you should think about when it comes to your idea of beauty.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.1 Peter 3:3-4