Ladies, how would you describe yourself? Would you use the word “beautiful”?
If you answer “no,” you’re not alone. In fact, according to author Elisa Morgan, the vast majority of women around the world, including Christians, don’t feel beautiful.
They see beauty in others – friends, relatives, celebrities, models on magazine covers – but they don’t see it in themselves. That’s partly because women see their outer flaws – “This is too big,” “that is too small” – but it’s also because a woman’s “ugly list,” as Elisa calls it, goes deeper, to the soul. They see their impatience, or what they see as personality flaws and inadequacies. They have lost their ability to believe that God has gifted them in any way.
Part of the trouble, Elisa says, is that beauty is too narrowly defined. It’s much more multifaceted than we think. She believes God created beauty with five dimensions:
- Voice is your unique personality. Who are you?
- Vessel is your physical body.
- Womb. That’s your creative potential, your creative purpose. Ladies, if you’ve been unable to bear children, you’ll want to hear Elisa’s take on this. She – and God – haven’t overlooked you.
- Scar represents the beauty that God creates out of the pain in your story.
- Sway. That represents your legacy of influence.
There is ugliness in us – our flaws, our mistakes, our bad attitudes – our sin. But God sees us through Jesus. When you put your hope in God and trust in Him, He looks at you, and says, “This is my beloved daughter. In her, I am well pleased.”
Join us for our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Finding Your Beauty in God’s Eyes” with Elisa Morgan. She’s the former CEO of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), an author, a speaker, and a frequent guest on our program. This episode is primarily intended for women, but her inspiration about God’s love for us applies to both sexes.