The Image Epidemic

We have all seen the controversy over the real meaning of ‘beauty’ in the modern world. Large eyes, thin face, clear skin, thin, big butt, etc. NEWSFLASH: there is no such thing as the perfect body.

Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with wanting your body to be more healthy. In fact, working out and having hygiene is very important. What I AM saying is that this should not be an idol. I enjoy staying fit and healthy, but I have to balance this with doing my best in school and as a child of God.

The Image Epidemic does not only involve the physical.

Let’s be honest, we have all thought longingly about being that one perfect person in school or on TV. Even though we know this girl/boy is probably not perfect, somehow she appears to be. They are talented, funny, beautiful, and athletic.

How do we get past these standards? When I start thinking about all those many other ways I could act or look like, I try to think of my personal favorite verse. I hope that you can think about this verse as well and let the meaning sink in.

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

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8 thoughts on “The Image Epidemic

  1. Funny, but when I was a youngster, back in the 1950s and 1960s, my idol was Annette Funicello of the Mickey Mouse Club. She was one of the mouseketeers. I wanted to be her. I used to dream of being discovered, you know like those old movies where someone plays the role of someone unnoticed, but truly she has great talent, and then one day she gets noticed, and then she is all of a sudden popular and everyone likes her. Yeah, that was my dream.

    But, then I grew up one day. And, that is the verse I would claim now, too, that all that surface stuff means nothing and it doesn’t last anyway, i know, because now I am nearly 70 years old. Now my goal in life is to serve my Lord and to be one of his faithful ministers in doing what he has called me to be and to do.

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      1. I had my good times and my bad times. Honestly, I don’t think that was ever totally out of my life until about 17 years ago, when I was 52 years old. That is when the Lord really turned my life around and I never went back. I didn’t become perfect, mind you, but I got very serious about my walk with the Lord at that point. But, we are all a work in progress. We just have to keep listening to the Lord, doing what he shows us, and just keep moving forward one day and one step at a time.

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