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I recently came across a quote that said “Be your own kind of Beautiful.”
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The old me use to love quotes like these. There is another one that says “Being yourself is the prettiest thing a person can be.” On the surface and upon first reading such statements, the femininity in you wants to shout YES! You want to feel and share the liberation that comes from having this view of yourself. You want to celebrate the independence from caring what others think and believe about you, and you want to celebrate the empowerment, but these types of quotes are deceptive. They are half or partial-truths, which in essence, equals up to contain a lie or a falsehood embedded within the message that is trying to be conveyed.
Make no qualms about it, this is how tricky the enemy of our soul is. He wraps pretty little sayings up in sweet quotes, flashes them before our eyes and before we know it, he has us believing things that are only partially true not completely true. Then we begin to act upon those half-truths and never even realize that we are staging them to play out in our heart and mind.
When truth, full truth hits us, we then realize we have been deceived into believing faulty things about who we were created and meant to be. Pondering such quotes before they become thoughts in our heart and mind is essential to our emotional well being. Why? Because before we know it, our thoughts translate and become our actions. Once we begin acting on our thoughts, those actions become our habits and once habits are formed, we then give way to acting without even thinking about what we are acting upon.
How is Beauty Defined?
The discipline that it takes to think about what absolute truth is, has to be formed early on in the thought process. Retraining the brain is hard to do. On the surface, “Be your own kind of beautiful.” sounds lovely. It sounds like a great idea, but how is beautiful defined? If everyone has their “own” standard of what beauty is, then is there really a true definition of beauty? In order to be beautiful, a standard definition of beauty has to be established and recognizable.
Where does the standard of beauty come from?
Another quote that is often used is “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This quote also refers back to a standard of beauty as well, however, each person sees and thinks different things are beautiful. So where does the standard of beauty come from or whom sets the standard? If each person is using their own standard of beautiful then there is no real standard or no real creator of beauty in the first place.
The Lord both created beauty and set the standard for what true beauty is. There are countless Scriptures in the Bible to support the above-mentioned statement. We have a choice to follow His teaching on beauty or to follow the world’s teaching. One teaching will lead us to the true definition and standard, while the other will leave us with a lifetime of disappointment, longing, searching, emptiness and issues with body acceptance.
Before we read quick-witted quotes about beauty, let’s train the brain to immediately synthesize where the standard and definition comes from. If they are not centered on the Original Creator’s standard and definition, then we are wasting our time to delight in those words that eventually lead to emptiness.
The True Standard and Definition of Beauty
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.
Skipping Over Reading the Quick-Witted Quotes on Beauty,
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