Beauty and Self-Image: Continuous Struggle, Constant Assurance

I’ve known of many girls who struggle with beauty and self-image. It is an issue that seems to pervade much of the young women in modern western society, even within the church. The need for the approval of man –or rather, men — saturates their heart and mind beyond the approval that God provides. Being seen by God as beautiful, precious, and valuable sometimes just isn’t enough. (I would also partly attribute the rise of the “princess” mentality to this problem of self-image)

However, there are also those who have struggled through and are winning the battle — they are embracing their identity in Christ, being convinced that they are the image of God, and that no external beauty can change that. One such women is Bethany Dillon, one of my favorite Christian singers as you probably know already. She wrote a song a few years ago, titled “Beautiful“, that speaks to the heart of these issues of beauty and self-image.

I was so unique, now I feel skin deep
I count on the make-up to cover it all
Crying myself to sleep cause I cannot keep their attention
I thought I could be strong but it’s killing me

Does someone hear my cry? I’m dying for new life

[Chorus]
I want to be beautiful, make you stand in awe
Look inside my heart, and be amazed
I want to hear you say who I am is quite enough
Just want to be worthy of love,
And beautiful

Sometimes I wish I was someone other than me
Fighting to make the mirror happy
Trying to find whatever is missing
Won’t you help me back to glory

[Chorus]

You make me beautiful
You make me stand in awe
You step inside my heart, and I am amazed
I love to hear You say
Who I am is quite enough
You make me worthy of love and beautiful

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