Beauty – VS – Character

Society has been teaching our children that their body and how they look on the outside is far more important than their character for generations.

When I was a young teenage girl, I think I was obsessed with how big our boobs would be, and how my body would look as I got to wear bras. I wanted to be thin and ‘sexy’ from age 13. And that hasn’t changed 40+ years later!

Brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Victoria Secret uses sex to sell their product. The perfect body is what they advertise. Instilling the image of perfection and not realism.

Body image and self esteem issues haven’t changed. We contribute to this by telling our little ones how pretty they are, suggesting it’s importance. We all care about how we look and how others see us. Even at 55 years old, I wanted to look good in my chosen outfit for the day. I had reconstruction with implants because I still want to look attractive in my clothes and feel good about myself. What does that say about me?

We are all guilty of enjoying outward beauty in others and wanting to look our best. Now, I find myself in a place where my outward beauty has to take a back seat. Losing my Boobies has forced me to reflect on my character. Am I all that God wants me to be? I know there’s room for improvement there. I want my character to shine thru as beautiful.

“Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” says that defining beauty can be difficult and not everyone will agree. However, God’s words can lead us to discover what our individual meaning of beauty truly is and should be; that is to deter us from looking at physical appearance, for God looks at the heart in all people. Somehow, going flat might of forced me to find the real beauty in myself!

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