Beauty is typically defined as a combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form, that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight.
In American culture today, for women, beauty looks a lot like small waists, long legs, narrow hips, long shining hair, flawless skin and a slim body. As for men, they are judged by muscle, tone, shape, and any other masculine characteristics. Society tells us that we must look a certain way to be truly seen as beautiful.
The trap of comparison is a deadly one. As Christians, we know that societies definition of beauty is unbiblical and wrong.
In Psalms 139, David describes how intimately God knew him, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderul, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth."
David praised God for the way that He made him - for not only the way He created his body, but also his personailty, his deepest longings and desires.
Whether you are the loudest or quietest person in the room, God created you in that way. When you compare your personality to those around you, you are missing out on your individual beauty.
When God created your body, He knit together your veins, muscles, and nerves in a way that is unqiue to you. Most of us can make a list of things that we don't like about our appearance and compare our bodies to that which society defines as beautiful. I'm guilty of doing this more than I'd like to admit. Although, by criticizing our physical bodies, we are really arguing with God. He is the one responsible for giving us our hair color, determing our height, and whether we will have stretch marks.
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we "are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." All of the gifts, talents, and abilities that I have were given to me by God and He deserves all the praise.
Who am I to talk negatively about something that God created so beautifully? We have infinite values because we were created in His image.
True beauty is a heart motivated by a love of God and a love of our neighbor. This kind of beauty is found in those who are diligently seeking to become like Christ.
Lord, thank you for making me, me. I pray that by seeking you first I will begin to see what you see as beautiful. Forgive me for not always seeing your creation as something to be praised. Cleanse me of my sins and help me to become more and more like you. You are worthy to be praised.