Today I was listening over a playlist that I'm working on for our Women's Night next week. The theme is recurring and refreshing and easy to just hum along to and enjoy but I really started to listen to the lyrics and thought how happy I am that God has changed me.
Before, how I looked to others mattered to me a lot more than it should. But He has guided me down a path that has been almost a eureka! moment for me. First it started with me caring only what my husband thinks, then it became what He thinks. He said that I am beautifully and wonderfully made.
Shouldn't that be all that matters?
In our culture it's not. Sometimes it seems to not even matter. But really, it has to. I have two impressionable young kids who are growing up in this culture. Who are looking at others as role models and who are trying to identify with the standard. So it seems Phill and I have our work cut out for us.
"God's standard for beauty is the only standard that matters." This came from a book I read over the summer called 5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter. And boy was it challenging!
My most favorite thing about the book was that it goes against the grain of "standard" and encourages you to talk to your kids about true beauty, about what's pleasing to the Lord in the way you dress the attitude you carry and how you speak, even how you date! [BTW this is a great book for moms of boys too. It can help you talk to them about what to look for in girls.]
Overall what I got out of it and from the Bible is that you're perfect the way you are. No amount of makeup or great clothes is going to change His view of you. That doesn't mean you should be a lazy slouch and never look nice. It simply means He loves you for YOU .. and I do too. ;)
These lyrics are simple yet beautiful:
At the end of it all
I wanna be in Your arms
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7