the ugly truth about beauty

No wonder we’re all so screwed up about the way we look with all those lies thrown at us.

From the same GirlGuiding survey:

From as young as seven, girls say they feel embarrassed and ashamed of how they look. Fear of their bodies being criticised holds them back from doing everyday things they would like to do.

36% of girls aged 7 to 10 say people make them think that the most important thing about them is how they look.
54% of girls aged 7 to 10 said ‘stop judging girls and women on what they look like’ was one of their top three priorities for change.

Here’s what the Bible has to say about that:

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29
Clothes don’t make us beautiful. God makes us beautiful.
Just like he makes the flowers beautiful, he made you beautiful.

“Charm is deceptive; beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Proverbs 31:30
Our faces are a reflection of our lives. The more your life is filled with love, laughter, smiles and tears, the more beautiful you will be.
More important than how you look, though, is who you are, and particularly who you are to God. When we know we’re loved by God, we don’t have to worry about how we look: we know we’re beautiful in his eyes.

If you think you or a friend of yours might have an eating disorder, please get help as soon as you can. Go and talk to a doctor or a nurse. Be as honest as you can.

Emma Scrivener is a Christian who has written about her struggles with anorexia. Her book, A New Name, is well worth reading: