You don't know you're beautiful!

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." --1 Peter 3:3-4.

No... I'm not quoting the song by One Direction, but it's true! More often than we think, we underestimate our true beauty because of what media throws before us, screaming their definition of beauty whenever we go to check out at the grocery store or buy a newspaper: biggest hair, slimmest body --whatever sells tabloids wins! The world's definition is completely opposite of God's way that He sees beauty, so why are so many women and girls self-conscious, believing that they are ugly and unworthy of anyone? Because these images that top-name magazines are using for their covers and inserts are degrading them! Writers advertise ways that women can change because they want them to look sexy, skinny, and glamorous.

It breaks my heart. I see my friends talk awful about themselves all the time. I hear myself talking about myself in a negative manner. Maybe it's modesty. I don't know, but what terrifies me the most is what my mom always says: "If you continue to say it, you will hear yourself, and you'll begin to believe it. The mind is a very powerful thing. You don't want to live a lie." Nobody does! Nobody wants to be ugly because no matter how many times we say that we "don't judge a book by its cover," we unconsciously make first impressions on people by how they look. It's a natural thing. Attraction to people is partly on how we perceive their looks, but when we constantly have negative thoughts and feelings toward ourselves, putting ourselves down, we make ourselves look ugly on the inside which affects our outside appearance to people.

I generally hear from my guy friends the same thing: "Personality is key: looks are just a perk." It's true. While we women constantly try to look perfect, we're affecting who we are as people. God sees us as the most beautiful person on this earth! We are created in His image. How can we debate our image? The clay never judges of the potter, and how could it? It has no place to speak in regards to the work of the potter because the clay has no idea what plans the potter has for it!

Don't compare yourself to others or look at yourself with the ways of the world in the back of your head. Rather, look to God because THAT is who you should be wanting to look like, and look to how GOD sees you: a perfect and beautiful creation that couldn't be made any other way. Let your heart shine His love because inner beauty shines out for the whole world to see! :)

God bless!

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