It has been stated that beauty is more than skin deep. Truly, there are no absolute standards of beauty, since some say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Certainly, we can find beauty in nature, art, music and really almost anywhere, and people are naturally drawn to beautiful things – even bees to flowers. And then there is inner beauty, the true essence of beauty.
The beauty world is a billion-dollar industry. Of course, diversified cosmetic usage is based on the outcome that one wishes to accomplish. It is fun to dress up and moderately and modestly utilize products of the beauty world. And look at those lashes, girlie!
Glitz and glamour is everywhere, with cosmetic enhancements: Lasers, fillers, dyes, peels, injections, lifters, facials, concealers, extensions and tightenings. Oh my, the beauty market. These treatments are efforts to fix one up a bit. Two thumbs up, if an individual has a positive approach and a keeping-it-real, true-to-oneself, reasonable expectation.
Unfortunately, some countries are targeting younger customers. But I’m sure that parents won’t let youngins start too early, right?
Also, it is unfortunate whenever mirror talks become self-demeaning. Folks may plummet into despair, if they look into the technological mirror of a Facebook post and get fewer likes than expected. The best part of beauty cannot be captured in a photo. Don’t let the pursuit of beauty drive you to hopelessness and unfavorable comparisons. Reject self-inflicted complexities, discouragement and misery.
Here is good news: We have value, as we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), meaning that God created each of us in a beautiful way. We are more than the outward appearance, and the Lord has a purpose and a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). As a child of God, we are uniquely and distinctly made, so we rest in His care. We are beautifully crafted as a masterpiece for His purpose (Ephesians 2:10).
Prayer of declaration: Lord, life is beautiful, and the beauty of the skies proclaims Your handiwork (Psalm 19:1). We appreciate the awesome beauty of a rainbow, and its beauty would be destroyed, if we tried to change it. Thanks for wonderfully designing us, so we respect our bodies and minds. You have beautified us with salvation (Psalm 149:4). We are comfortable in our own skin. We refrain from superficial attempts to cover up inner struggles. We take off masks of insecurities and deal with issues realistically. We wear a smile, our greatest accessory. Let Your light shine in our souls and show forth on the outside. Beauty in the soul. Hear our prayer, O Lord. Incline Thine ear unto us, and grant us Thy peace.
In Christ’s name and for His sake, amen.
Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.