Have you ever drawn the connection between praise to God and self? We say God is perfect, gracious, beautiful.
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
Pretty simple picture, right? If God is beautiful, and we are created in His image, then we are beautiful. This is not vanity, but another way that God shows himself in us.
Earthly fashions come and go; one century we prefer waifish men and women constricted by tight-laced corsets, fainting at appropriate moments. Another century lauds ample figures, which would be considered dangerously obese by today’s standards. Speaking of the current trend, pop culture glorifies a woman with a preteen waist, mature hips, and the breasts of a nursing mother. (I’m sure we can all agree live in three different life-phases simultaneously. Please appreciate the sarcasm.)
Some of the most beautiful women I know don’t look like the stars I enjoy seeing on the red carpet wearing the ‘latest and greatest.’
Physical beauty brings to mind women who “work it.” They appreciate what they have and use it to the fullest. One of my zumba teachers, for example. Kristin is curvy and has two children. When she shakes at class it I can’t stop moving. She is gorgeous, but never more so than when she gets freaky on the dance floor. Other women may try to hide their curves, but she celebrates herself, her body, and life by dancing almost every day of the week.
I think curves are great. In fact, I personally think skinny jeans look better on a fuller figure, but who asked me?
The point is, regardless of the physical attributes we were born with and have cultivated, we all mirror God. When we worship Him, let us be uplifted by remembering that we, called to do His work, are also created, most beautifully, in His image.
“Smell the flowers and drink your coffee.”
*Beauty in God’s image. Picture courtesy of my sister Anne Carolyn Towner