“My nose is too big, my head is too small, my feet are too large, my eyes are to squinty.”
A lot of the time we find ourselves degrading certain attributes and physical characteristics of ourselves, whether it be our nose, eyes, skin color, forehead, feet, hands, ears, etc. By doing this many express a disliking to the way that God created them. Consider this scripture…
Isaiah 45:9 – Woe to him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioned it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands.
When a person expresses a disliking of the physical traits that they have they are being disrespectful to the Most High. He created you the way you were meant to be created, in a way that suited Him, and when a person shows a loathing toward themselves, they are also showing the Most High that they have no respect for His creation.
Romans 9:20 – Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
With that being said, there are a lot of things that contribute to someone not being content with themselves, whether it be through covetousness, vanity, or insecurity.
Some people may express the fact that they do not like the way they look through covetousness. Consider this scenario…
You know this girl, who you think looks absolutely gorgeous. And all the guys think she’s beautiful, and all the girls want to be her friend because she’s pretty. So you find yourself wanting to change things about yourself so that people would treat you like they treat her.
Well that kind of mentality is evil and wicked. For as it says in Exodus 20:17, “Thou shalt not covet”.
Be happy with the way you look. Everything doesn’t revolve around beauty. If people choose not to be around you because of the way you look then know that they are not good friends, because true friends wouldn’t judge you off of your appearance.
John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
Well lets first start off with what vanity means. Vanity means to have an excessive pride or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements. So if you find yourself constantly looking in the mirror or fixing your hair, let’s face it, you’re vain.
But what does the Most High think about vanity?
“Moreover the Lord saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: Therefore the Lord will smite with a scab the crown of the head of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will discover their secret parts. In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon, The chains, and the bracelets, and the mufflers, The bonnets, and the ornaments of the legs, and the headbands, and the tablets, and the earrings, The rings, and the nose jewels, the changeable suits of apparel, and the mantels, and the wimples, and the crisping pins, The glasses, and the fine linen, and the hoods, and the veils. And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth, and burning instead of beauty.” (Isaiah 3:16-24)
According to this scripture it is obvious that the Most High hates for the daughters of Israel to be vain. He would rather we focus on maintaining righteousness instead of beauty.
1 Timothy 4:8- “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and that which is to come.”
So getting things done to yourself such as Botox and cosmetic surgery are completely against the Most High because it alters the way you originally were meant to look and is mainly done through vanity.
Society is a main factor for why we women degrade ourselves. In society the so called “Black” woman is made fun of for either her hair or skin color. For example when you go on social media, a lot of the times you’ll see someone post something like “team light skin” or “team dark skin” and how one is better than the other.
These kind of posts can contribute to making someone feel bad about themselves because they aren’t the skin color the post deems beautiful. But what does the Most High say…
Jeremiah 12:9- “Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird”
This means that Israel is all shades of brown and neither shade is better than the other. So whether you’re dark skin, light skin or brown skin we are all Israel and we are all beautiful.
Another thing that contributes in making the so called “Black” woman feel insecure is hair. Consider this post.
Society looks down upon “Black” women because their hair isn’t thin enough or long enough to be deemed pretty. That is why many black women get perms and weaves. But its time that we stop living under what others consider beautiful and start loving ourselves the way we are. Whether your hair is long, short, straight, curly, thick or thin, love it, because that is the way the Most High created it.
So with all that being said… love yourself the way you are, and remember that true beauty comes from within. When you’re keeping the laws of the Most High, everything else is just icing on the cake.
–This information pertains to vain appearances and not correcting the effects of an unhealthy physical condition.–