I am a major sucker for makeovers. They get hold of some lady who wants a fresh look, chuck her into some modern clothes, do the makeup to flatter her features, tidy the hair and BAM – she looks transformed! I was watching my favourite TV show the other day, ‘Modern Family’ and there is a part where the gorgeous latino named Gloria makes over a stranger. I could see it coming long before she even hinted as to what she was going to do and I was so excited already. In my head I am thinking, ‘Yipee, please do a makeover!’. Yep, I love makeovers.
I really think that the reason why I love them so much is because of the confidence the person who is getting spoilt permeates from the inside out. They stand taller, the smile on their face is wider, they speak better, their outlook just seems more positive. It is all about just feeling better within yourself I guess. Even I know how great it feels to step out of the hairdressers with a new style.
Our society puts so much pressure on everyone to look beautiful (or handsome) and to always be at our very best, or the-girl-sitting-next-to-us best. The thing we all tend to forget is Who made us and what He considers to be beautiful. Here is what God says about beauty in the Bible:
- Psalm 139:14 ‘I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.’ This basically means each individual has been made in the image of God. No two people are the same and God sees you as a masterpiece.
- I Samuel 16:7 ‘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.” Yep, unfortunately the world mainly focusses on what people look like on the outside. God really challenged me to think about where I put most of my effort: on the outside or the inside? There is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, but we have to make sure it is all in balance.
- Proverbs 31:3 ‘Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.’ This may come as a shock to some people, but outward beauty does fade with time. God wants us to fear Him, not to be afraid of Him, but to be in awe of Him and all that he has done. To fear Him in a healthy way where we respect Him.
- 1 Peter 3:3-4 ‘Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.’ This scripture is not talking about braiding hair as being wrong or wearing nice things as being negative and evil – cause it’s not. It was written to warn women not to follow some of the customs from the era of when that verse was written, when the Egyptian women would spend many hours a day working on their outer appearance (although many women still do that to this day). God says He wants us to work on the kind of beauty that lasts forever, the inside stuff.
- 1 Timothy 4:8 ‘Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.’ Of course, exercising and staying in shape is a good thing, but God expects us to stay in shape spiritually by reading our Bibles, praying and going to church for teaching and fellowship on a regular basis. Perfect bodies won’t get anyone through the gates of heaven.
My most favourite scripture on beauty comes from Psalm 45:11 ‘The King is enthralled by your beauty.” ‘Enthralled’ means to be enchanted, captivated, mesmerised, fascinated – this is what God, the King of all the kings and the Creator of everything, says about YOU. Now that is awesome!