Category Archives: beauty

Beauty and the Bible – Part 2

This blog post follows on from last week’s post which discussed the heart of beauty. This week we look at three Bible verses for what we can learn about physical beauty and how Jesus models an approach for us.

1. Physical beauty is fleeting.

Bible Verse: Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. (1 Timothy 4:8)

Take Away: The Bible is clear that our physical bodies, in their current state, are only temporary. But do we live like that? Do we approach our physical bodies with more attention than they should deserve? How do we talk about our physical body with our kids and others? Questions to think through:

Beauty and the Bible – Part 1

unnamedEarly on in parenting, it became clear that my daughter wanted feedback on her looks. Simply put, she wanted to be pretty. At age 2, she would pick out beads, hair bows, and fluffy-ruffly skirts, and then prance through the kitchen and ask, “Me pretty, Mommy?” As she has gotten older her tastes have improved and she can now put together a pretty awesome outfit and a very articulate sentence, “Do I look pretty, Mom?”

I pause before answering, hearing my own voice and insecurities in her question. What is the question behind the question? Is she really asking, “Do you like me? Will others accept me? Will I fit in?” I don’t know. She is only six. But I do know I don’t want to miss the opportunity to answer her with advice that I want to fill her mind when she is sixteen and asking the same question (and that I want to fill my mind when I ask the same questions still at 38).

How do we talk to our little girls (and boys) about beauty? Emily’s excellent blog post last week rightfully encouraged us to think hard about what we teach our kids about what’s valuable. She critiqued a popular blog post which had discouraged talking about physical beauty in favor of building up the importance of being smart. Emily argued that pushing us away from physical beauty only to aim for intellectual beauty, just exchanges one fleeting idol for another. I couldn’t agree more. And it’s worth stopping and thinking more carefully about beauty itself so that we cultivate the right persepctive and not make it an idol.

Beauty is a very good thing, but like any good thing, it can be a bad thing if used in the wrong way or with the wrong priority. So as we aim to point our children to a right understanding of beauty, what are some things we can do, think, or say?

5 Lies We Believe About Our Bodies

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the normalization of plastic surgery in our culture (as discussed in Time Magazine), and a few thoughts on how we are to think about it as Christians. But maybe a larger issue is that we often don’t see our bodies the same way that God does. We breathe in the air of a world that distorts truths about how our Maker has designed us to be – and we start to believe those lies. What if those lies were exposed? What if we told ourselves the truth more often, training our minds to think on what is good and right?  I found this post from The Gospel Coalition encouraging and helpful in beginning to shift our perspective. Here’s an excerpt:

A Problem for Atheists

Atheists and agnostics often cite the existence of evil in the universe as a real problem for anyone who believes in a traditional notion of God. And the argument is not without force. At some point, nearly everyone—believer and skeptic alike—wrestles with the difficulty of an all-good, all-powerful God presiding over a world in which

Am I beautiful?

Am I beautiful? More to the point, do I see myself as beautiful? That’s the question explored in Dove’s Real Beauty Sketches. A FBI-trained forensic artist interviews a woman, without seeing her, and draws a portrait from her self-description. He then draws a second portrait of her, but this time based on a stranger’s description.

Love is . . . Physical Attraction?

What is love? It’s a lot of different things, depending on who you listen to. Last week at the 20-something relationships conference I looked at a series of popular cultural answers to the question, trying to use movie clips to help explore things. One common answer is that love is physical attraction. Love is that

Do You Even Know What You’re Missing?

Could you be failing to appreciate something vitally important in your life? Something that’s all around you? It’s possible, maybe even likely. Classical violinist Joshua Bell is widely considered to be one of the finest musicians in the world. At the age of four, he was able to stretch rubber bands across dresser handles in