This generation, our generation, has lost what it means to be beautiful. We believe that beauty is in a body shape, makeup, less clothes and more lingerie. We think that beauty is an outer thing. When beauty, the beauty God created all of us with and the beauty he intended, is in the heart. Beauty comes from within you, not others. You don’t have to show more shoulders or more clevage to a guy to be beautiful. You don’t need to have a thousand likes and comments on an Instagram post to be beautiful. You don’t have to make yourself “slutty” to be beautiful. We as young women have failed. We’ve failed to be the role models we need to be. We’ve made it seem that appearance is everything. “My stomach doesn’t look flat let me suck in.” “Let me edit my face before you post that.” “Make me look smaller.” “Show more clevage.” “It’s just a picture, everyone does it.” These simple phrases that we say show how much respect we have lost for ourselves. We choose to find our beauty from a boy instead of from God. God created each of us in a beautiful image, His. We are jewels. We shouldn’t want boys to look at us as if we are a piece of meat. We should want a guy to see us as a beautiful jewel, a creation of God. Something rare. Something precious. Something breathtaking. Because I don’t have to take my clothes off to impress. I don’t have to say certain words to fit in. I don’t have to look a certain way to feel good about myself. That’s where we have done our little cousins, and sisters, and daughters wrong. We’ve shown them that beauty is defined from society. But it’s not. You are beautiful because of who you are. You’re beautiful because you are you. Because there is no one else like you. So do not lower yourself down to society’s idea of beauty. Stay breathtaking. Be someone that radiates a different light. A light where people think “wow.” Where you’re proud of yourself. And that feeling come from you and you alone. You don’t have to be talked to up. You know your worth. I think every girl has to learn this for themselves. It’s so hard not to lose sight of the inner beauty that God has placed in you. It’s so hard not to look for words from a boy to make you feel like you are pretty. But you are and you don’t need anyone else’s confirmation to understand that. When you realize that. The inner beauty you have radiates outward and you become beautiful inside and out. Know your worth. I myself still struggle with this and I am still learning. But this world lacks good role models and that’s where we need to step up. So let’s step up for  our little sister who looks up to us every day, who watches  our every move, and show her what it is to be confident in ourselves for who we are!

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

“She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.” Proverbs 3:15

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