Beauty - A Curious Obsession

 

Beauty is a coveted attribute and one of our toughest rivals as we experience life as millennials in the digital age.

 

In a world where Facebook is king, we strive to secure the perfect freeze frame to translate the most flattering version of ourselves and “highlight reel” life to our Instagram community, or via numerous other social scenes. Beauty has become both top priority and curious obsession.

Fashionistas. Gym selfies. Perfect angles. Incredible lighting. In varying degrees, we all carefully cre-ate and cur-ate the life we want to present to our generation, whether we are aware or not.

Perceptions of beauty are both fad and fleeting and we frequently witness the harmful effects on ourselves or that ripple through those we share life with, as we compare, contrast and find ourselves entirely wanting. Unnecessary pressure leaves us in a state of overwhelm where we feel insignificant and are confronted with a crisis of identity, but does it have to be this way?

In short, NO.

 

Now is the time. This is our moment to take firm grip of who we truly are and let that root down. If lacking inspiration, we need only look at biblical fact: we crave originality, but forget that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made
— Psalm 139:14

We focus on flawless and fail to acknowledge that we are created in the image of a perfect God.

Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
— Matthew 5:48

We dredge shallow waters seeking value and self-worth, but glance past the blinding truth that we are more valuable than precious rubies.

She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.
— Proverbs 3:15

We are so cherished in fact, that God sacrificed His son in our place to redeem us and propel us into a life of total freedom.

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it to the full.
— John 10:10

Be on your guard. The enemy lurks to catch us in our weak, vulnerable moments. To try and convince us that we have always been less, when the truth is that not only are we enough, but we were made for more.

Yes, our lives are far from perfect, but we are never beyond the reach of redemption. There is beauty in grace. There is beauty in salvation. There is beauty in unconditional love and complete acceptance.

We should never become so consumed by nailing that killer post that we ignore the posture of our hearts towards God or the acts that naturally flow from how our souls are anchored-where we find our true sense of gravity.

 

We need to challenge preconceptions on beauty that saturate society-that threaten to set the rhythm for how we ought to live within our culture. Damaging and distorted norms have had their time in the sun. It is time to establish a different agenda and discover a new way. Trends are momentary and evaporate as quickly as April showers, but God is consistent and will remain in persistent pursuit of your heart.

At times we become so preoccupied with connectivity that we fail to take time to connect with the source and author of life. He created us to be a people set apart. To be bold. To be innovative world changers who embrace the fullness of life. Believe everything God says over the person that you are and let these be the foundations of your confidence.

 

When all is said and done, there is nothing more beautiful than the truth.

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
— 1 Peter 2:9
…the truth will set you free.
— John 8:32
 
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