What defines beauty?
What qualities deem one beautiful?
Recently on FB, there is a game (for lack of a better term) going around. If you are tagged, you are asked to post five photo’s of yourself in which you feel beautiful. I have only seen a few people take on the challenge. Is that because it is new and not challenged many women yet? Or is it because women don’t feel deserving of posting photo’s in which they feel beautiful?
What makes a person beautiful? Money? Status? Fame? Hair color? Character? Size?
I posed a question to my FB friends recently. What do you think of when you hear the word beautiful in regards to a person? What is your definition of beautiful? Be honest! Go!
I received many replies, and for that I am grateful. I wish I could post them all. Here are a few of what people shared…
Fruits of the Spirit, love, joy , peace, patience, gentleness, self-control, all wrapped in a package of thankfulness. A beautiful person is born from times of trial that forge and season their hearts.
It radiates from the inside out. Someone who is beautiful, smiles and makes you smile, just because you are inspired through them. You can feel their beauty, not just see it.
I believe a beautiful person has all these qualities, but doesn’t “know” it; humble and selfless, gives to others even when they don’t have anything to give but a smile and their love.
Balanced in care for others and self. Gentle in spirit.
Someone, who even in the midst of ugliness and pain, manages to shine!
Someone who has joy in their life. It shows from the inside out!
I noticed as I read each person’s reply, that no one really made it about physical appearance. It was about character and heart and attitude. Yet, our society has made it all about appearance.
Our poor teens don’t stand a chance. I have two stunningly beautiful step daughters… absolutely gorgeous. Both of them struggle with being pretty enough. They embody physical beauty associated with appearance. Our world has made it very difficult. Beauty is about size, shape, hair color, skin tone, clothing, money/status… must I go on? This breaks my heart. We have a generation growing up that has missed the part about “beauty forged from times of trial.” Or “balanced in care for others and self.” This generation does not think of others. They’ve been trained to look out for number one! And being beautiful is on the top of the list.
I know in my head that beauty is not about physical appearance. Yes, there are people out there that are truly “beautiful” in a physical sense. Our eyes are drawn to them. We often compare ourselves to them, whether we know it or not.
While I KNOW that beauty goes beyond physical, I don’t always believe it for myself. For others, absolutely! I can see beauty in each one of you! I can convince you that you are THE MOST beautiful person out there! But when I turn the tables and see myself in that mirror, all that I know about what truly makes one beautiful goes out the window!
Am I going to be chosen for a cover spot on a magazine? NO! Do I turn heads as I walk down the street! Oh gracious no! Will I make the list for the most beautiful people? Mum, NO! Thank goodness!
I KNOW that my beauty comes from deep within and it was given to me and is nurtured by my heavenly Father. I am infinitely precious to Him. How very much He loves me. He is with me. He has cried tears and rejoiced with me. I am worth it to Him. I am beautiful.
Now to get my head and my heart to agree on this issue! I am going to find five photo’s that I feel beautiful in. I don’t plan on sharing them, but it is a challenge I want to take on. I’ve got layer upon layer of issues in my life that coupled with the word beautiful, cause great agony and heartache. I’ve got a long way to go.
My beloved spoke and said to me, arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with me. (Song of Solomon 2:10)