Beauty is complicated. I feel sorry for our girls who have to grow up in this modern American society which twists and enlarges the meaning of beauty at every turn, every day. It’s a hostile environment for the self-image of young women.
Sometimes, it helps to go way back in time to find some truth. How about two thousand years? First Century Christians were taught this about beauty: “Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes – but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.” (1 Peter 3:3-4) The world has changed, and always will, but truth has not.
External beauty is elusive, shallow, and fleeting. It’s mere eye candy. However, inner beauty is obtainable by all, deeply-satisfying, and eternally valuable – it’s just not as immediate, apparent, or exciting. Our girls need to know this as soon as possible. We can help them see real beauty, but as usual, it’s going to take some direction and a lot of love.
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