2016 is our Year Without Shame, so to kick off the year shamelessly, I am doing a 31 day e-devotional. If you’ve missed the first few days, no worries- you can jump right in or catch up on the blog!
Day Four: Beauty Image Shame/The Lie of “Otherhood”
We can’t talk about shame without discussing the cultural frenzy that fosters it. Just a few years ago, if you were in a grocery store aisle or at the doctor’s office and you stumbled upon a magazine cover featuring an extraordinarily thin (and obviously airbrushed) waif of a woman, you could silently protest by simply turning the magazine over. But now? From our phones, to our devices, to our television sets, to the latest E! news report about whichever media princess lost her baby weight at warp speed, the world’s beauty-image communique is everywhere.
In So Long Insecurity, Beth Moore describes the new normal of media-driven comparisons like this: “Most of our great-great-grandmothers had access to compare themselves to a few hundred women in a lifetime. We can now throw ourselves up against tens of thousands if we’re willing—and apparently most of us are. We’ve got travel, television, the internet, magazines, books, billboards, movies, storefronts, advertisements (even on the back of the cab in front of us and the bus beside us), camera and video phones, texting, sexting, and Twittering to remind us what’s out there.”
The first lie in the Shame House is this: I will have more value if I am other. We have somehow bought into the idea that if we change our looks, our weight, our faces, our everything, then we will at last be worth noticing and “liking.” But the truth is so much simpler: we are created in the image of God, and that alone is what gives us exceedingly great worth.
What parts of our culture’s obsession with body and beauty image bother you most?
God, I worship you. You are so good. Can you remove my insecurities and the pressure I feel to be other? When I feel ugly or unworthy, please tenderly whisper words of your love in my ear. In the beautiful name of Jesus, Amen.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)