I recently happened to catch an interesting episode of Nightline on NBC called ‘Confessions of a Perfect Face’ which was all about plastic surgery. They talked about people’s motivations for getting cosmetic surgery as well as horrific things that can happen as a result of the surgery. It was just so weird and sad because these women who seemed so beautiful to me felt that they are ugly, that they needed to majorly change how they look. The segment of the show that worried me the most was about how more and more teenaged girls are having work done because they think they are ugly, or feel the need to be perfect.
At first I thought, how selfish! Plastic surgery costs a lot of money, isn’t there anything better they can spend it on? Also, why would their parents allow them to do this to themselves? But this point of view has changed to pity. I feel bad for these girls who they think they are imperfect and ugly, and to such a degree that they have surgery to fix whatever they think is wrong.
And so I just feel compelled to share with any girls who are reading this that you are perfect is God’s eyes. He made you in His image, and He thinks you are the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen! He has a plan and purpose for you that only you can fulfill. In my opinion, dramatically changing what He gave me as far as my looks would be like telling God that I think what he gave me is crap. Well here’s some news for you, God doesn’t make crap!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
“For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
I know, everyone has times where they think they are ugly and has parts of themselves they don’t like. I frequently have days where I’m unhappy with myself thinking, ‘If only I had this, or that.” Or, “I wish I was more ___.” At those times I try to remember to be grateful for what I have. I have eyes that can see and ears that can hear! I can walk! And so I want to challenge you to concentrate on God and His word as well as being thankful instead of concentrating on how you look on the outside. Many times when a person is joyful about something on the inside it shows through and their outward beauty is highlighted and accentuated by their inward beauty.
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7