Yesterday we talked about how it was ok to be beautiful. Today we are going to swing the pendulum the other way and talk about the dangers of being infatuated with physical beauty.
Women are particularly prone to placing an undue emphasis on this area of their lives. So much of who she is to the outside world is caught up in how she looks. The culture has taught us from our youth up that appearances are of paramount importance, even to the exclusion of character and virtue. How do I know this? Beautiful people are worshipped and adored. They keep us hanging on their every exploit and we are quick to pass over their oftentimes glaring character deficiencies. In today’s society, beauty forgives a multitude of sins. But even beautiful people grow old, and without virtue, their days of beauty have passed away forever.
Our physical beauty is going to fade. When we are old and gray and have wrinkles, it is our spirit and attitude towards life that perpetuates beauty, not our physical looks!
This brings up a topic I have been getting several emails about lately.
Coloring our hair.
It seems a lot of women color their hair. I personally never have, and I honestly don’t have any plans to do so in the future. I don’t know of any scriptural reasons that a woman shouldn’t color her hair. I do know that unless you use a natural color (something like henna) that normal hair dyes from a box are not healthy for you at all.
Personally I would ask yourself why you want to color your hair? If you are older and you are having some gray hairs come through, what is it about the gray hair that you do not like? Did you realize that the Bible actually talks about gray hair as a thing of honor?
The hoary head is a glorious crown, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Proverbs 16:31
The definition of the word hoary – gray or white with or as if with age.
Another verse talking about gray hair even refers to it as a thing of beauty!
The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the gray head. Proverbs 20:29
I know that some women gray early, and they color their hair so they don’t look like a grandmother to their young children. I can understand that. If I turned gray really young and had young children, I’m sure I would explore my options. 🙂 I would just encourage you to not look on turning gray when it is the natural age to do so, as a bad thing.
When my mom started having gray hair, I don’t remember her stressing about it. I’m sure it bothered her a little when it started, but I remember her joking around about it. She was a grandma to 4 children before she passed away at 54. Her goal at that point wasn’t to look like a young mother herself!
Society has women so stressed about staying young, trim (size 0), and attractive looking, that I’m sure it can be difficult to adjust to growing older. That is where we need to maintain a healthy balance in our younger years so we are not in emotional upheaval when we do start aging some. Taking good care of ourselves now, especially with our skincare routine may have a lot to do with how we age!
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
1. Get up and dressed!
2. Do you find yourself obsessing about your physical appearance? Stop and take a minute to reflect on your attitude about yourself, and make sure it is balanced and not swinging to far towards vanity.
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