This world tells us that we need to look a certain way. Like we all need to fit into the same type of mold. Tall, skinny, pretty. Who decided that anyway? I am surrounded with negative comments about appearance every day. The comments might not be about me, but they still hurt every time I hear them. Because I am a woman. And because it makes me wonder, "Well, if thats wrong with her, then whats wrong with me?". It seems that no matter how perfect a person may seem, someone will find something wrong with them. "They need to get their teeth fixed", "They need to lose about 10 pounds", "She needs to get that mole removed", "She looks like a man", "Look how big her tummy is". Do these comments make you feel good?! Not me! They hurt me, and make me hurt for my fellow sisters.
And why is it that when someone compliments you on how you look, they have to add, "have you lost weight?" Does this mean that to look pretty I have to get skinnier? Maybe not, but it seems to be the first thing anyone notices or cares about.
God has created each one of us to look different. We are not made from the same mold, so why are we all trying to fit into the same one? Why do we look at someone and criticize their appearance? Who are we to say these things?
Some of us have wide hips, some of us have big feet, some of us have huge ankles, some of us have larger noses, some of us are covered in freckles, some of us are abnormally short, some of us have weird hair lines, and yes, some of us are bigger than others. So who cares?! Thats the way God made us! If you criticize someone because of their appearance, well then you are criticizing God's work of art. Does it really make us feel better to do that? To insult the Creators work?
I want to be different. I want to be set apart. I don't want to be scared of a number on the scale. I see the way my body is made, and I see that it is different from every other person. But that is not a reason to hide, it is a reason to rejoice. I am beautiful. I have cellulite...so what?! I have curves...I am gonna own those curves! I don't want to be ashamed of how God made me just because I am told that I don't fit a certain mold. Most of all, I don't want to raise my daughter to believe she needs to look a certain way. I want to teach her to love herself, and love others, and accept that everyone is different. That is the way it should be.
Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
1 Peter 3:3-4
Our beauty will one day fade, and all the plastic surgery in the world will not be able to "fix" us. We need to clothe ourselves with God's love, and His beauty, which is not seen on our outward appearance. It is seen in our heart.