In the year 1959, the famous Barbie Doll was invented. I’m sure most women reading this blog owned a Barbie doll at some point, if not owned one, at least you would have been to a girls’ lime and played with one. I don’t know about you, but Barbie, in my mind at age 7, was the ideal girl. Pretty face with perfect hair and body. Naturally as a young girl, I dreamt of being Barbie, but I soon learnt that dreams don’t always come true..lol.

Barbie and I had nothing in common, and lucky for me, reality hit me hard and fast.

As I grew older however, there were many other Barbie type personalities that influenced my thinking about what my physical attributes should look like in order to be considered beautiful.

Thanks to God and the reality that stood before me in the mirror every day, I gave up all efforts to live up to Barbie’s standards in my late teens. Unfortunately for many though, reality never hits. I saw two young women at the mall this weekend who were a mix of Barbie, Alicia Silverstone and Paris Hilton, basically they looked mixed up. I saw two young women trapped in a mold, trying to identify with a concept of beauty that is in reality unrealistic to most of us who live in this hemisphere..lol. In the 5 minutes that I observed them, they looked into their little mirrors at least 5 times and fixed their hair at least 10 times. They both wore so much makeup that I’m sure I would not recognize them without it.

These young women bought into a lie, a lie that has been handed down through many generations of Hollywood’s leading ladies and let us not forget the Barbie doll.

This lie says that beauty is only skin deep.

As a woman I can say that at times I’ve felt pressured by this lie, especially in my school days, it seemed all the boys liked only one type of girl, so all the girls tried to be that type.

The mastermind behind this lie is Satan, he has endeavored from the very beginning of time to distort women’s concept of true beauty, but have you ever asked yourself this question, who sets the benchmark for beauty? Where do we get the standard from? How important is our appearance to God?

I want every woman reading this right now to take a sigh of relief and know that you do not have to weigh 110 pounds, your hair does not have to be long and your skin does not have to be fair in order for you to be considered beautiful. Men have got it wrong! Man looks at the outward, but God see’s the heart.

How important is appearance to God?

Which one of you opens a present and puts it aside and stares at the wrapping paper? Or, opens your favorite bottle of juice, empties the contents and admires the container? Don’t be carried away with your container, it came from the dust and to the dust it will return. In 1 Timothy 4:8 its say “For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” Don’t take the little referred to in this verse and make it your life.

1 Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Physical beauty can only take you so far in life, the Bible puts it this way, “Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised”. Favor and beauty don’t show up together in this verse by chance. Outward beauty always finds favor with man, but this verse warns us not to be deceived by that favor, for while man may open doors because of beauty, God could be rejecting that very person because of their state of heart. Don’t mistake man’s approval for God’s approval, or the world’s concept of beauty for God’s. I had no control over what I would look like, that was entirely up to my Creator, and He didn’t make me look anything like Barbie, and I’m really cool with that.

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