the joy of our beauty.

March 7, 2011

The joy of our beauty is being taken from us everyday. We look in the mirror and hate what’s in front of us. My hair isn’t long enough, my legs aren’t thin enough, my abs aren’t flat enough. We think If only I were _________, then I would be beautiful. We consider ourselves average and common-looking–perhaps not unattractive, but certainly not pretty or beautiful, or stunning.

Why is this?

I believe that men and women reflect different parts of the image of God, and that one of the features women reflect is beauty. We know that God is beautiful because we read it in Scripture:

One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. (Psalm 27:4)

From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. (Psalm 50:2)

Honor and majesty surround him;strength and beauty fill his sanctuary. (Psalm 96:6)

The Lord is beautiful and we uniquely get to reflect that as women. When we deny our own beauty, we deny His beauty–both His creation and His image. This world is dying, and our bodies are decaying, but the beauty of God that we reflect as women will never fade, because His beauty is eternal.

Look in the mirror today and delight in what you see, even if it’s not the reflection that you wish you had. Look at your eyes, your smile, your skin, your hair, your legs. Thank your body for what it does for you and spend this week delighting in the joy of your beauty. You are a woman, and you are beautiful.

How have you been robbed of the joy of your beauty?

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