Picture this: You’re sitting on your couch watching TV. Suddenly, a commercial, a preview, maybe even the show you’re watching, shows a beautiful girl. Whatever she may be doing, you’re only looking at her radiance. You think something like, “Wow, maybe I should go buy some new clothes and makeup and stuff to look like her! I bet I could score major popularity points looking like that! I’d be guaranteed a date for the next dance!” But why would you think something like that? Why would you think you need to look exactly like a famous star to be popular or look awesome?
Why don’t you look closer at her. Is she beautiful without any help, or does all her beauty come from makeup and clothes? One hundred percent of the time, each girl who looks ‘beautiful’ on-screen has had a few hours of makeup put on her, her hair done, a wardrobe stylist, good lighting AND they retouch certain stills on TV! Bet you didn’t know that!
Is she a natural beauty? Because if she doesn’t have God in her heart, she doesn’t even know what real beauty is! Natural beauty — true beauty — matters a whole lot more than ‘manufactured’ beauty that’s created by products.
Okay, so now think about this: Do you want people to see your beauty? If you said yes, do you want them to see true beauty or manufactured beauty? If you want them to see your true beauty, it doesn’t mean you’re not supposed to wear makeup or anything like that, it just means that you know you’re beautiful and you stay strong against what the world is telling you is right. ‘Cause the world is wrong. Satan uses these tools to whisper to you, “You’re not thin enough, or pretty enough, your hair isn’t right!”
These words are NOT from God. The world is trying to deceive you. It’s trying to pull you away from God.
God is the one who gives you your beauty. Your true beauty. If you’re beautiful on the inside (i.e. being kind and helpful), it will definitely show on the outside. Also, I’ve noticed that since I gave my life to Christ, I have felt more confident and I find myself looking just fine in the mirror. And chances are that if you’re confident and it shows, people will respect you more and want to be friends with you. If you’re down all the time and feel awful about your image, people don’t really feel like hanging out around you. Being lonely is definitely not fun.
True beauty does not come from makeup and hair products. True beauty comes from the inside. Be a great person who’s kind and fun to be around and that will shine on the outside! Remember though, even if others around you refuse to see your beauty, God can see what’s inside you, and He sees just how gorgeous you are.
By glorifying God, He will make sure you have a mansion in heaven where your beauty is celebrated everyday! It’s a place where real beauty exists, not the standards of beauty here on Earth.
God loves you no matter what and if you let Him live through you, you will be the most beautiful girl at school, or work or anywhere. Real beauty comes from the divine, our great, forgiving God.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” — Romans 12:2
“The King is enthralled by your beauty.” — Psalm 45:11
From Nicole: Girls, this is why I do my “Before and After'” photos on here, so you can see just how much airbrushing goes into photos and that it’s not real!**