Trends that Fade
In the fashion industry what is considered beautiful and trendy is constantly evolving and being redefined. What’s popular and beautiful today will quickly fade into the background tomorrow. I recall when I was growing up, multiple layers of colored socks and Kriss Kross colors were the hottest trends of the time. Thankfully, this trend quickly faded out and if today we saw a person wearing those same items we’d look at them in utter dismay. See, when we look to society and others for what is considered good or beautiful, our esteem waivers and we find ourselves flustered and saddened by what others think.
When it comes to the beauty and fashion world, the primary focus is on the external beauty of a person. If we are not careful, we can get caught up in the world’s definition of beauty and play the comparison game. Often times we see pictures of “perfect” people and we assume that they have “perfect” lives. Unfortunately, we forget that the pictures we see are often times airbrushed versions of themselves. If we were to talk to the same people that appear to be unscathed by the insecurities of esteem or the ugliness of this world, we would find that they are no different from us. They have struggles too and sometimes even worse than anything we may be dealing with. So, if the world has a faulty and frailed perception of beauty where should we turn to for guidance? Well I am so glad that you asked!
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
When we hear the term “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” it means that beauty is subject to each person’s definition and standard. It means that the standard of beauty can vary from person to person. Instead of looking to the world to validate and affirm us, we need to look to our foundation that is consistent and true, God’s word.
Since the beginning of time, God’s view of mankind has been one of love, value, and worth. Genesis 1: 26; 31 (KJV) states, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 31. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Where did we go wrong? If God himself sees us as valuable, beautiful, and peculiar. Why don’t we reflect that image in the mirror and in our minds? Why do we turn to the world for our confidence and definition of beauty, when we have a Heavenly Father who has never changed His mind about how He feels about us? Today I challenge you to see yourself as your loving Father Sees you. How does He see you? He sees you as worth sending His only begotten Son to die for you, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16).” Jesus see’s you as beloved and cherished (Song of Solomon 6:3). God see’s you as wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalms 139:14).
Challenge the Inner Voice and the Voice of the World
Here are some practical things that we need to do consistently in order to see ourselves through the eyes of God:
- Spend quality time with God through prayer and reading of His word. Be Honest about how you feel and ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you.
- Seek validation and approval from God only. He is the one who created you and His love and plans for you are perfect.
- Meditate and quote positive affirmations regularly. Life and death really are in the power of the tongue.
Whose report will you believe?
Today I choose to believe the report of the Lord. When God looked at me, He said I was very good. I am the apple of God’s eyes and I am His beloved. No longer will I look to others to validate me, but my worth and purpose comes from Jesus Christ. I see myself as Christ sees me, knowing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.