Friday, June 27, 2014

Why Mess with Perfection?

Scripture Art used by permission – BettyandMaude
I seldom wear makeup because I’m allergic to most cosmetics.
One time my employer asked why I don’t wear makeup and I popped off with, “I figure, why mess with perfection!”
I was joking, of course, but as I was driving home today I heard a song on the radio assuring girls and women that they are beautiful just as they are – to which I say a hardy Amen!

God says we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
(Psalm 139:14)
He says we were made in his image.

(Genesis 1:27)

While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with enhancing our appearance, no one should ever be made to feel that they are unattractive just as they are. Perhaps if we valued ourselves exactly as God created us there would be less depression, starvation diets and low self-esteem.  We could start by thanking the Father for the incredibly intricate body he’s given us. A body that’s able to heal itself when wounded, for skin that’s able to stretch and cover us whether we’re 2 foot tall or 6 foot tall, for lungs that take in oxygen and deliver it through an intricate web of arteries and veins to wherever it’s needed. For a digestive system that’s able to take in food and convert it into energy.

We could thank him for giving us emotions so that we could experience joy and excitement, pleasure and peace. Yes, we also experience sorrow and disappointment, anger and jealousy, but then, so did Jesus.

We could thank him for our minds, which store unbelievable amounts of information throughout the entire span of our lives. Minds that are capable of solving life’s most intricate problems, inventing life-enhancing, life-saving devices and cures for devastating diseases.

We could thank him for a spirit, like his spirit, that reaches out for him even before we are aware of our need for him – an innate longing for a relationship with our Creator. Oh, there are so many wonderful things about the way each of us were created, that we could thank him forever. Instead, we spend way too much time whining about trivial things like our hair, our height, our too thin lips or too full backside.

So, tomorrow morning when you look yourself in the mirror, before you put on your makeup and do your hair, take just a moment to say, “Lord, I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I have been created in your image.”

UPDATE 7/12/14 - I just saw this video on that totally underscores the idea of being happy with the way God made you rather than chasing after some cultural "norm" which in reality is not normal at all. Girl, you are beautiful just the way God made you!

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