Playing Barbie

Okay, so I’ve always heard these stories about how people do their deepest thinking in the shower, but that has just never been me. Honestly, I’ve never quite understood it. What is it about being in the shower that somehow causes people to think more seriously than they do outside of the shower?
I know, probably the most awkward way to start a blog – ever. Stay with me here.
Even though I’ve never been the “deep thinker in the shower” type, the other day a deep thought did randomly hit me while I was showering.
(Hasn’t happened since, my presumption is it may very well be another 20 years before it happens again?)
As I was showering, I started thinking about how concerned I had been for the past oh, I don’t know, 5 or 6 years (Basically since the beginning of high-school) about how tan I was. Now, my parents have always been very funny about making sure my siblings and I were protected from the sun, and rightly so. Over-exposure (i.e.getting tan – In reality this is your skin cells dying) is horrid for you. So, it’s not like I was out there baking myself like a rotisserie chicken. But even despite the fact that I was using lotions (not the kind that made me look like I had rolled around in Doritos) and wasn’t “consumed”, how ridiculous is it that I was trying to change the color of my skin? It used to be that people wanted to be as pale as possible because it meant that you were never outside doing manual labor and were therefore of a higher class. Now, people (women) are ashamed if they don’t have flawless tan lines. Let’s be real here, in actuality it’s all about keeping up.

How absolutely vain is it that I look at what God has done and try to fix it because I feel like it isn’t good enough or it wasn’t done the way it should’ve been? I’m not just talking about tanning here. I’m talking about the way we count our calories, obsess over the number on the scale, cringe whenever we look in the mirror without makeup, and constantly compare ourselves to others. You are not comparable to others because you were not made to be others, you were made to be you. Eating healthy and working out are both crucial aspects to living a healthy, God-honoring lifestyle. But they don’t define us, and neither does our shape, weight, skin tone, hair color, ear size, nose structure, or body length.

When you read in Genesis about the account of creation, what does God say at the end of each day He spends creating something? It is good. Nothing has changed. Everything God creates is still good – including you. In fact, after God made man, He said what He did was very good. Despite how you may see yourself, God doesn’t make mistakes. He’s incapable because He’s perfect and everything that comes from Him is good. Always has been, always will be. Whether we see it as good or not.

It is not hard to find girls that capture attention. This world is full of pretty girls – pretty fades. What we need is a world full of women with character. Over time, gray hairs take over, metabolism slows down, weight picks up, skin wrinkles, things change. Nothing ever lasts or stays the same. The only thing going with us when we leave this world is, well, just us. Just our souls. Here we are worried half to death about evening out tan lines and hitting that goal weight before bathing suit season when the person who created us is trying to get us to understand that to Him, we were beautiful to begin with. He created us exactly the way He wanted us to be, and it had nothing to do with being 5’8, weighing 130 lbs, and having a perfect complexion. Those aren’t things that help us change the world or advance the Kingdom of God. (Thus the reason they don’t matter to God.) Not only did He set out to intentionally create us the way we are, He died for us intentionally the way we are too. That is where we find our worth and our value. And I can guarantee you that when you fall before Him someday, you probably won’t be regretting the time you could’ve been tanning, planking, blow drying, or applying make-up, but instead were doing Kingdom work.

Let us remember why we’re here, who we serve, and where we’re headed. And let us not forget that looking perfect on the outside is not only useless, but that what we look like on the inside is how we are really seen through the eyes of our Maker.

 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them…God saw all that he had made, and it was very good…”
Genesis 1:27, 31

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Psalms 139:14

“…’Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’”
1 Samuel 16:7

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies…Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
Proverbs 31:10, 30

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