"The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Of course, we all know that the models on the magazine covers are airbrushed and (I'm making up my own word, here) "computer-tweaked", but this video clip certainly brings that reality to life. Read the post, "What Every Mom Should Show Her Daughter" by Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries founder. You can watch the video via that link or this one, Dove Evolution Video Clip.
Beauty. It can be such a trap, can't it? Who wouldn't love to look like the women gracing the supermarket magazines. Yet the images presented to us - more times than any of us dare to realize - are so extreme, unrealistic, abnormal. So, why does that become our standard?! Why are 35-year old moms comparing their bodies to the 18 year olds laying out poolside? Yes, bathing suit season is just weeks away!
Flipside. Okay, so we know that ideal isn't realistic for most of us, but where do we find the balance of taking care of ourselves, feeling good about how we look and not being the thinnest, prettiest, tannest, best make-up-ist, most beautiful nails-ist....the list really doesn't end... hips, thighs, teeth, hair....ugh!
I'm guilty. How do we do our best and be at peace with the rest?
I felt the video was powerful enough that WE needed to see it, too.
I guess the balance is found in the self-discipline to take care of our bodies while at the same time knowing what's even more important is the beauty of our hearts. Our attitudes, our words, our love toward God, our desire to follow Jesus. After all, we're going to have our perfect bodies one day, but they are going to be home to our hearts & souls from today. So, let us be diligent in preparing those unseen things for our eternal destiny.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20