Don’t try to make yourselves beautiful on the outside, with stylish hair or by wearing gold jewelry or fine clothes. Instead, make yourselves beautiful on the inside, in your hearts, with the enduring quality of a gentle, peaceful spirit. This type of beauty is very precious in God’s eyes. 1 Peter 3:3-4
An unoccupied treadmill was located at the far end of the gym. I slipped my water bottle into the holder and began to set up my workout. Unfortunately, it was located in front of the television playing a reality show.
While I walked, wearing my ear-buds, and reading the captioning at the bottom of the television, the images on the screen caused an internal struggle. Women with unnaturally tight skin, big lips, and obvious plastic surgery strutted across the screen. Some of them were moms. What kind of example was this to their children?
Recently, a news article read: Selfie esteem! How Instagram is fueling a new wave of plastic surgery
Central Jersey mom Geri Hubner says she became obsessed with her growing wattle after staring at photos from her daughter’s wedding. She started using photo filters but then came to the ultimate real-world conclusion: “I wanted to look like that all the time,” says Hubner, 56.
Beautiful women have become distorted through unnecessary plastic surgery.
You are beautiful just as God made you.
And we all age and one day we will die, too. The skin will decompose. All the stuff we accumulated will be sold, given away, or left neglected in some back closet somewhere.
You can’t take it with you.
In this age of perfection, why do you think that photographer’s pictures of imperfection fascinate us. Why are we drawn to the artistic lines of an aged face or a weathered profile? Why do photographs of hands rivet us? Each of us were made in God’s image. We are different skin colors, from different cultures, and enjoy different personalities.
Without these differences, we’d look alike (and, in some of these reality shows, they do look alike). Satisfaction in keeping up a self-image of beauty is expensive and elusive. It’s an empty pursuit that only temporarily fills the void. Unless you are a burn victim or have suffered physical harm, say no to plastic surgery.
How do you want to be remembered?
Do you want people to emulate your pursuit of beauty?
God’s calling you. Can’t you sense His love?