I was in the fitting rooms the other day trying on outfits when I overheard a girl saying she wished she had a certain body part. Part of me wanted to cry out to her and say you are beautiful as you are [looking back I wish I would have]. The other part of me began praying for her. This is one of the many reasons I [Kymberly] started be.loved. We have all been created lovely. Perfectly in fact. Not because of what our bodies looks like. But because we were created in the image of God.
I believe God created a desire within each and everyone of us to desire greatness, beauty, and perfection. But those desires were created to be satisfied by Christ alone. He is the ONLY perfect, flawless, sinless man. Have you ever noticed that you are drawn to beautiful things, and successful people- not necessarily those with money but people who make a difference? The desire itself is pure, the problem occurs when we have not encountered God, that is when we can find ourselves being tossed to and fro by the ways of the world trying to obtain this perfection, this beauty, this greatness that we so desire. In all our searching we will discover that we can never measure up to the standards we have created to obtain this beauty, this greatness, this perfection. This leads us down the road of feeling worthless, inadequate, and ashamed because we do not understand what is “wrong with us”.
In our feelings of inadequency, we search desperately for something that can help us obtain this desire. Someone, somewhere has to know what it takes. We are driven to find this perfection. This is where the world has sold us a lie that we have boughten into hook, line, and sinker. We have invested our time, our money, and our dreams into that lie. The lie revolves around there being certain types of beauty. One or two “successful” ways to appear to man. But we are not the ones who define beauty [though the world tries to tell us we have that authority]. That role belongs to God. God in his infinite power does not view life or beauty like we do. Have you noticed all the types of flowers he created? They are all beautiful in there own way. How silly would it be for a daisy to have rose petals? It is the same way with us desiring to have something that another person has. Not only with there physical body but in career, in relationship, and in love. What works for one woman will not work for you. Take me and my best friend for example. She is a puerto rican with curves, even if me and her were the same jean size our bodies would NEVER look the same. And you know what? That is BEAUTIFUL!
So the next time you find yourself searching for greatness, for perfection, for beauty look at the man Jesus. Flawless in all His ways, perfectly humble, his faithfulness lead Him to the cross for you.
Beauty is not a size, nor a hair color. God never designed it that way. God designed beauty to radiate from within. God is beauty. Everything he touches is beautiful. With that said might I remind you HE formed you, in HIS image. YOU lovely woman are beautiful. Forget for a moment the jean size you are, forget for a moment whether you would be embarrassed or okay with someone taking a picture of you right now and remember Jesus. He is the perfect description of beauty. Beauty is not found in the physical appearance which will one day pass away. What we invest in here on earth will show when we stand before God on that judgement day. I for one do not want God to show me that I invested most of my time on worldly things that do not transfer over into the next age. But rather that I fulfilled that desire deep within me to know, feel, and experience greatness in Jesus Christ by searching out the scriptures, by walking out my salvation in fear and trembling, and by serving those around me in whatever way possible to see them experience God in all his glory on this side of time.
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
1 Peter 3:3-4