You are beautiful NO matter what. Be confident of the person God created you to be. So don’t only leave the make up off, but lets leave the hair products on the shelf for the day. (Boys, this includes you too).

If you are anything like me, this day is not exactly easy. Your image matters to you, and that’s okay! Beauty is wonderful, it is a part of God’s creation—you are God’s beautiful creation. The issue is not thinking makeup, hair products, or clothing make you look nice. The issue arises when those things are more important to you than your beauty on the inside. Think about it: if you didn’t have pop culture telling you what “beauty” is, you would just be you. You wouldn’t worry about makeup, hairstyles, or clothing; you would recognize the beauty in who you are. We see this in 1 Peter 3:3-4,“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.” God has wrecked my heart to recognize that who I am on the inside far outweighs what I could ever be on the outside. (You can read more about my personal journey on my Insecurely blog: http://www.insecurelymovement.com/blog/2013/06/23/emily-taylor-beauty-is-________)

         Today is a day to come to the reality that you are beautiful just the way you are—without touch ups, pin backs, or jewels. So my challenge for you today is this: take the time you would normally spend on primping and spend it on beautifying your heart through prayer, reading the Bible, or simply making a note to stick on your mirror to recognize the beauty that you behold. Take off the products and recognize the undeniable beauty within your very being.

Emily Taylor

 

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