All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
Why do we care so much about looks? I really don’t understand it. We put so much time and effort into our carnal appearances that will inevitably disintegrate. Not to undermine God’s incredible detail and precision, but our bodies are literally pieces of meat that are going to rot, yet we spend countless hours “perfecting” and obsessing over them. What’s worse is that this shameful behavior is most times fueled not by our own desires to look a certain way, but rather the pressure to measure up to a standard of beauty. Why do we buy into this, knowing full well that appearances are of no true importance?
1 Samuel 16:7
…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
The aspect of a person that ends up revealing their true nature is their life, actions, words, etc. That being said, it would make sense for us to find one’s beauty in these things.
1 Timothy 2:9-10
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
One’s outward appearance isn’t going to lead people to Christ, brighten someone’s day, or help people in need. We need to stop spending so much time and money on this thing that isn’t even going to last. When we die, people aren’t going to remember us for how we looked. They are going to remember who we were at our core. Instead of focusing on looking a certain way, let’s focus on our hearts, because out of that flow our words and actions. Someone with a pure, loving heart is more attractive to me than someone who is famous and adored just for their (probably partially fake) good looks. Please listen to me when I say that being below a certain weight, looking like a certain model, having this much muscle mass, etc. will never satisfy you. The grass will always be greener, and you will still have flaws. We need to strive to be healthy, not perfect. One’s heart will eventually shine through their face, and one’s heart is what can change lives. Focus on the heart.