Beautiful in God’s Eyes Day 2: An Insecurity-Driven Society
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (Romans 8:6, ESV)
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Matthew 6:28-29, ESV)
Insecurity sells. Watch any commercial targeted towards women (and even men) and you will see that this is true. Advertisements show you who you should and should not be. They use beautiful celebrities to reassure you that if you buy their product, you will look just like them. They parade around celebrities and actors to show you exactly how you should be. It’s not about embracing yourself as you are but about becoming who society wants you to be. Sounds ridiculous, right? But it works! We fall victim to this mindset without even realizing that we have.
Insecurities are not new; they have plagued the human mind from the beginning. Think of how the serpent tempted Eve: he told her that the fruit from the tree would make her as knowledgeable as God, and that’s the real reason why God forbade them to eat of the tree. He preyed on her weakness. Eager to rid herself of this newfound flaw, she took the fruit. I can distinctly remember sitting in my sixth-grade classroom at age 11 and sucking in my stomach because I thought it was much rounder than that of the other girls around me. I wasn’t aware of where the thought came from at the time, but I know now: I heard the way older women talked about themselves; I saw the girls on TV with thin waists and pretty faces, and decided that I fell short.
According to the world, our lives are dictated by our flaws. If we don’t wear a certain size jeans, we need to lose some weight. If our faces break out in acne, we need makeup and medication. If our hair is frizzy, we need to buy special hair products. Just when we think we’ve solved our problems, we are guaranteed to find another one. We buy and consume, trying desperately to erase our insecurities, but nothing can buy confidence.
How do we overcome our insecurities? Stop using the world’s measuring stick! Stop listening to what society tells you that you need to be. A mind that is set on the flesh will be consumed by the flesh, and it will die. Conversely, a mind that is set on God is filled with peace and is brought back to life. When all our focus is on the things we lack according to the world, we lose sight of the truths that God has given us.
God tells us through Scripture that we are beautiful without trying. We are beautiful by design. Think of the lilies and how beautifully God crafted them. Those same hands sculpted you exactly the way you are. His steady hands shaped ever curve and bend intentionally. He created each of us uniquely beautiful.
As always, I have a challenge for you. Throughout the days and weeks ahead, whenever you see something beautiful in nature or even another person, I want you to stop and think of God. Think about how He created you just as He created the object of your admiration. Remember that He took the same care to create it as He did with you. See how it changes the way you look at yourself.