“Mommy, your toes look funny. They don't have any prettiness on them,” my daughter said. She was right. They looked awful. I almost always have toenail polish on them, even in winter.
My oldest daughter and I were in the middle of painting our toenails. It's something we often do together. I enjoy time with her while she enjoys getting into my beauty supplies. She knows they are usually off limits, except when we paint toenails together. Then, the excitement begins! “This is my favorite part,” she squealed, as I began painting on the first coat. “Oh yes,” I smiled, “this is so much fun!”
My daughter is definitely a daddy's girl with quite an adventurous spirit. My husband has instilled in her a love for God's creation, and she's developed a keen eye for observation. Only her Daddy could teach her such skills, being the biologist that he is. But when it comes to creating, cooking, and beauty, Mommy is the source. My daughter looks to me to learn many things, and one of them is knowing what beauty is. She comes to me to fix her hair and match her clothes, and I can always count on her as my shopping companion. Though ages apart, we share the same innate desire: to be beautiful.
As an influential person in my daughter's life, God calls me to teach my daughter what true beauty is. How am I supposed to teach her if the truth of real beauty isn't clear in my own life? My four-year-old watches me everyday. She sees the clothes I choose, the makeup I put on, and the jewelry I display. She also hears my prayers and sees my moments of weakness.
What am I communicating to her? Will she see beauty is beyond the clothes and jewelry? Will she see my radiance when I live out the joy of God's presence?
If we don't teach our children what true beauty is, our culture will. The messages are everywhere already. Even for my four-year-old, our culture's view of beauty is clearly conveyed in the design of toys, clothing, and entertainment. The challenge, then, is for the voice of truth to become more prevalent.
This is where we come in, but first, we need the message to be clear in our own lives. This week we will be digging deep into the Word to learn more about our identity in Christ and what God values in a truly beautiful woman. Knowing the truth will help us decipher what true beauty is. As God transforms us through his Words, we will be able to clearly convey the message to our children, (including those of you who have sons). Let's begin by taking a closer look at Monday's verse. Click here for the reading guide.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
As you read this verse, consider these questions:
According to this verse, what makes us beautiful?
When we don't like the way we are, what is the ultimate message we convey to God?
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