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Something Beautiful, By PI Girl Maggie

Toddlers in Tiaras. Children wearing makeup. Five-year-old girls shaving their legs.

You know why I think it seems wrong when little girls are so concerned about their appearance? Because God perfects them, that’s why. And when they try to beautify their selves, it doesn’t work; they are messing with something God has already perfected.

Now, I know what your next questions are going to be. “Why, then, is it okay for older people to wear makeup? Does God stop perfecting our looks at a certain age, and that’s why we feel the need to pick up on what we view as the slack?”

Well, the truth is, God’s never stopped preserving our beauty!  We just have trouble seeing how He designed us to be, because our glasses are so fogged up with pop culture’s false icons of beauty.

“But there’s this boy I like,” you may say. “Is it wrong to actually try and look nice for him?”

No! Absolutely not. It’s completely normal and even Biblical to keep up with our looks when we’re around others. We just can’t let vanity consume us, especially not at such a young age. This is exactly how I interpret the Bible in Proverbs 31:30. It says, “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised” (English Standard Version).

Now let’s take a look at Esther for an example of how this whole what-do-I-look-like ordeal should play out in our lives. God wanted Esther to do some work for Him–some scary and potentially harmful work at that. So she did the one thing any girl her age would do; she went to her closet, pulled out her best outfit, added a little touch of confidence to the attire and then went out to talk to the king.

Chapter 5, verse 1 says this; “Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house” (King James Version).

You see, wearing makeup and dressing up isn’t wrong. Neither is neglecting to wear makeup or to dress up wrong. We just need to have a filter–to weigh our time wisely when it comes to our appearances and to discourage it from being such an idol to little girls. Maybe this isn’t too much of a problem for you; maybe it is.

I know from my own personal experience, though, that I (no matter how much of a tomboy I was considered to be) longed for that day when a mother beckons her daughter to the bathroom and gives her her first tube of lipstick. But the thing is, looking back on it, I’m glad my mom made me wait until I did to start wearing makeup. Although everyone else already knew how to put on eyeliner and curl their eyelashes before eighth grade, I’m happy know that I didn’t make a fool out of myself then as most first-comers do.

I’m glad God protected me in the way others viewed me until I realized that makeup was only collaboration with God to add on to something that was already made perfect in His eyes. I’m thankful to God for helping me understand how beautiful I look to Him and others before I started covering up what He had painted on to begin with.

And so I want you to realize, whether you wear makeup or not, young or old, that those people God truly wants you to have in your life, He’ll make sure they see something beautiful in you. Because it’s always been there, and it always will be. Because there’s a God who created you, and He cares.

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:25-34, King James Version).

Written by PI Girl Maggie

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12 Comments

  1. Paris

    Posted by Paris on July 26, 2013 at 00:56

    GREAT job, Maggie. If god didn’t want us to wear makeup, he wouldn’t have created it. Whether God leads you to wear it or not, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. Makeup is to enhance our GOD GIVE NATURAL,FLAWLESS BEAUTY, not cover it up with tons and tons of make up.

  2. PolkaDot

    Posted by PolkaDot on July 22, 2013 at 18:17

    I love how balanced this article is! Good job Maggie! 🙂

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Rachel on July 22, 2013 at 16:54

    Thank you for that! I need a reminder sometimes 🙂

  4. endlessfaith66

    Posted by endlessfaith66 on July 22, 2013 at 13:09

    Yes, *claps loudly!* fantastic job Maddie! A very relevant and meaningful piece! Keep up the great writing! (: God Bless

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  5. tomboy_loves_Tigers

    Posted by tomboy_loves_Tigers on July 21, 2013 at 17:17

    “And so I want you to realize, whether you wear makeup or not, young or old, that those people God truly wants you to have in your life, He’ll make sure they see something beautiful in you.”

    Bravo, Maggie. Bravo. That, in my opinion, was very powerful. Thank you. I think that sometimes it’s hard for me to accept myself. When people dislike me, I think, “What’s wrong with me? What do I need to fix to get them to like me?”
    The truth is, there’s nothing “wrong” with me – God has already perfectly made me the way I am. I am not perfect, but I was perfectly made. There is nothing I should change. And if people don’t like me, then it’s not my problem. The people who DO like me are the ones God has planned to put into my life, and I should be thankful for that. He keeps the wrong people away, and brings the right people into my life.

  6. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on July 21, 2013 at 16:22

    Wonderful article! Makeup is a great way to show off your God-given features, in my opinion 🙂

  7. Alina

    Posted by Alina on July 21, 2013 at 15:43

    Wow nice job maddie!!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by on July 21, 2013 at 11:35

    Thank you very much for taking the time to think up and write this Madie! *also claps loudly*

  9. EmeraRider

    Posted by EmeraRider on July 21, 2013 at 09:59

    *claps loudly*

  10. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on July 21, 2013 at 09:14

    That’s an awesome article, Maddie! 🙂