To Be, or Not To Be Beautiful in the Age of Social Media

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Much like the Sunday paper first thing we tend to do when we wake up in the morning is check our phones. Conscious for not even an entire 60 seconds but somehow its almost second nature for us to pick up our phones and begin scrolling down our timelines whether on Instagram, Facebook or the other hundred social media sites that have weaved its way into our lives. Engulfing ourselves for hours upon hours on the latest happenings, our feeds become an addictive yet, very normal routine we follow without hesitation. With our heads in our phones even if we aren’t really engaged in what we're viewing, we dare not put it down as we constantly are refreshing and checking any likes, comments or followers we may have gained during our midnight slumber. This underlying constant need for recognition from our peers has definitely proved the correlation social media has on the way we view ourselves.

Steadily bombarded with this impractical idea of perfection social media has left many of us distracted and confused on what it even means to be beautiful anymore. Usually associating the person with the most followers, likes or DM’s to be the 'baddest' or the best we clearly have things mixed up in our heads. Attention does not equal value and it definitely does not equate to beauty. With all the unrealistic goals and expectations set in the age of instagram 'baddies' and excessive body altering its easy to allow our minds to trick us into thinking we somehow aren’t good enough.  

Fed these very improbable standards of what is and isn’t beauty it’s apparent that the images we see everyday within media impact how we perceive ourselves, often times negatively if we let it. Though, many people have been more intentional with loving themselves and being more confident the side effects of being overly saturated within such an improbable medium constantly regurgitating what beauty is supposed to look like proves unfavorable for men and women alike.

It’s easy to get caught up in feeling beautiful by outside validation and though there is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best its evident that God is clear in what beauty is. In 1 Peter 3: 3-4 the Bible states that "3 your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight". The beauty that exudes through your soul, the beauty that isn’t necessarily seen but felt, is the type beauty we all should be aiming for.

A firmly rooted understanding of who you are is pivotal to not getting lost in all the likes, comments, follows or compliments. Whether someone recognizes how awesome you are or not doesn't take away from the fact that you’ll always be God's awesome gift to the world. Don’t lose yourself trying to keep up with the Joneses, it’s not worth it.

Embrace and love all of yourself because you are more than enough!