Day 5: True Beauty
Our cultural obsession with celebrity continuously throws fuel on the fire of competition among women. Rather than being encouraged to celebrate our God-designed gifts, strengths, and unique attributes, women are up against an ever-increasing pressure to have it all and balance it all, while looking like the end-all. And in a culture that promotes youthfulness and thinness as THE paradigm of beauty, anyone who doesn’t fit the mold can feel like she has little or no value in this world.
At its heart, the pursuit of beauty, in it of itself, isn’t a bad thing. It is actually a divine desire, a holy longing. God is the designer of true beauty, and as such he is the ultimate expression of it.
“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else,” writes C.S. Lewis, “which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.”
In other words, our longing for beauty is a cry for soul satisfaction. We are craving the one person that can actually fulfill us—Jesus.
When are you most likely to feel the pressure to be Other?
God, thank you for creating me. You are so powerful. When I am tempted to feel ugly or unworthy, please tenderly whisper words of your love in my ear. Remind me who I am in you. I am your image, but even more than that, I am yours. Amen.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)