Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Could You Be More Beautiful Than You Say You Are?

I tell my daughters they are beautiful. Sometimes they shrug me off and say, "Mom, you're supposed to think we're beautiful. You're our mom."

My friend Kelley is radiant with the child growing inside of her. I told her that her hair looked amazing. She reached up and touched her curls, and looked at me rather puzzled.

I tell my friend Sally she is beautiful. I'm not sure she believes me.

I tell my friend Lindsay she is gorgeous. Sometimes she winces.

I tell my mom she is beautiful. She doesn't smile.

I tell myself....

....well, I like to think that I tell myself the truth. 

I never tell myself that I am beautiful. But my friends are.

Could it be that we are all more beautiful than we realize?

This is powerful for me today; I am striving to live in this place where there is no condemnation. Our human brokenness is often rooted in such deep, dark places; those roots sometimes grow deep. They paralyze us, challenge our desire to dance. 

This film promotes a product, yet; but somehow I think that it represents the overarching love of Christ, who sees us as his own. This counts as prayer and meditation today, a hymn sung to the glory of creation.

We are created, we are beautiful, we are loved.



Lindsay Durrenberger said...

you KNOW i'm all about this.

preach it, gorgeous.

Megan Reams said...

I was prepared for something lovely inside of this video, was looking forward to it. I was NOT prepared to choke on the flood of tears that instantaneously sprang forth from my heart upon the unveiling of the side-by-side sketches. I have to get going - to share with every beautiful person I know specifically what makes them beautiful, inside and out. Thank you, Beth, for posting this and touching my life this morning.

just a girl said...

I watched this video this morning and tears flowed. I had to share it with others so they can watch the truth that this video shares. It's hard for me too. Many people think that low self esteem can come mostly from magazines telling us what we should look like or from what celebrities look like. I did a paper one year on this, and my thesis started with blaming the media. But what I discovered from my research was that it came from home. It came from moms & dads making comments to their children on what was physically wrong with them it from hearing parents saying they were on a diet because they were fat. Kids listen. A lot. I heard things like "skinny & pretty", like they HAD to go together, you couldn't be pretty unless you were skinny too (this from a grandparent) or "does it look like these girls are starving" when my sisters & I (as children) were complaining that we were hungry. It sticks. It sticks in your head. So, thank you Beth for telling your girls they are beautiful. It sticks.