Recently a man contacted me to ask how to encourage his girlfriend to think biblically when she seems overly concerned about her physical appearance. He thinks she is very pretty--and from her pictures, objectively I think others would agree with him. So it was intriguing to me that he says she can be concerned about her body image and physical beauty.
Why do we women doubt the appeal of inner beauty? Well, to be candid, it's because we forget that our Creator is the ultimate arbiter of beauty. We are awash in makeover messages and as such His perspective is often silenced. From TV shows to magazines, we are drowning in Before and After images. At any given time during a day, there's a roomful of people on TV gushing and crying over the physical transformation of some reality show participant. Everybody and his neighbor shows up to applaud weight loss, a new hairstyle, or a wardrobe overhaul.
But where is the applause for inner beauty? Where are the TV cameras for the Big Reveal of a renovated character?