It seems that blogs are good places for regurgitation and itemization. If you’ve read something someplace else, or heard another speak on a topic, then the blog is the perfect spot to reword it and share it. Additionally, if you’ve come up with five tips to a successful yard sale, or learned the six things grocery stores do to your fresh produce, or uncovered the secrets to make your day more productive, then turn it into a list and get that life-changing wisdom out there.
In keeping with this essence of the blog, I have come across some steps regarding women and beauty. A woman wrote a book about 10 easy steps to feeling ugly, intending to help women avoid these traps and instead, to know their true beauty from God. And so, I regurgitate and itemize a few below:
- Believe what you see on the screen – Assume every image is real and you should look like that, if you want to feel ugly.
- Get the look at all costs – No matter what the cost, whether it be time, money, or your dignity, get that look, if you want to feel ugly.
- Treat the scale like a magic mirror – Like the mirror in Snow White, look to the scale for your identity: “Scale, scale, on the floor, tell me I’m lighter than the day before,” if you want to feel ugly.
The writer wanted to stress that Satan has promulgated the lie that what God has said about women and their beauty and worth is not enough. Satan longs to see God’s daughters idolize and worship their outward appearance, rather than relishing their loveliness in how God has formed them and what He has intended for them.
The Temptations sang back in 1966 that “Beauty’s Only Skin Deep,” but their lyrics proclaimed that love, warmth, sincerity, and tenderness were the things that counted most.
As followers of Christ, we know all about being pure in heart. But we also have a natural inclination to look our best. In surrender to Christ, we can have them both. And though regurgitation is the furthest thing from any image whatsoever of beauty, retelling the worth the God has given us is indescribable and priceless.
So, for every spot of makeup or every drop of lotion or conditioner, let us be reminded of the words of Isaiah concerning our Savior Jesus, “He has no form or majesty that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.” Long to look like Jesus, and they won’t be able to take their eyes off you.