The English dictionary defines beautiful as “having qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about etc.” The world’s definition is not much different. It shoves women into some sort of a category and makes us objects rather than human beings. But who defines that category anyway? If it’s Hollywood, I don’t want it. Hollywood is consumed with expensive clothes, ton’s of makeup, face-lifts, tummy tucks and skeleton-like body types. It tries with such desperation to stop and slow down the body’s aging process. Every day, women around the world fall prey to the world’s definition of beauty. I don’t want to believe that lie but I confess that too often, I do. For me, it is during times like after having a baby or being pregnant that I am hypnotized by the lullaby of beauty that the world sings softly in my ear. It’s hard to ignore because everywhere I go, I’m surrounded by it – racks of magazines in the grocery store isle, tv commercials, billboards, music… and even in our own Churches where “Christian” women walk around with more skin showing than clothing.
The Bible’s definition is much different than the world’s. You don’t have to look hard to understand what true beauty really is. This week we will take a look at an amazing passage in 1 Peter 3 which defines a woman’s true beauty. For today, take a close look at the national Dove campaign’s video clip. They are on to something here yet be sure to recognize that they don’t have it all right. The quote at the end states, “Every girl deserves to feel beautiful just the way she is.” The Bible teaches us that no one deserves anything but it also teaches that God made everything and everything he made is good and beautiful. Watch this video through this biblical lens and it will hit close to home.