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  • Writer's pictureNelly Thiessen

Outward Beauty

Is wanting to look pretty ok? Is it okay to be trendy? How much money is too much money to spend? What about working out, and by working out I don’t mean some physical activity to stay fit, I mean “getting ripped” or having abs. What about makeup?

I started to investigate some of these questions when my husband surprised me with X amount of money for my birthday to spend on my liking. My first thought was “YAY! New clothes!!” but after that thought I felt overwhelmed with guilt. Why would I spend that much money on clothes for myself? After the guilt I felt confused, is this a conviction from God or some unresolved issues from a broken belief system I grew up in that was causing me to feel guilt?

I turned to scripture because somethings are too complicated to simply google. While there is no one size, clear, cookie cutter answer, here are a few verses I came across.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

There is the classic Proverbs 31:30, Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 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.

1 Peter 3:3-4

Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21

There are so many more verses I could have added but I wanted to take some time to focus on these.

God made us in his own image. How amazing is that? We also belong to God therefore we need to take care of our body and appearance. We want to look respectable and be living a healthy lifestyle. I do believe we can do this in moderation. How do you feel going to the mall without makeup? Does this give you anxiety? What if instead of an hour workout you cut it down to 30 minutes and spent the other 30 minutes in scripture and praying? What about those selfies you post? Can you try and post other content for a while without feeling unworthy without constant praise? Are you going into debt because of beauty? (This one is for the guys too! Workout supplements, gym equipment and gym memberships can be expensive). By spending all this money do you still have room to tithe? This can be a good reality check to see where your heart is at. While I’m talking about this, I am not implying make up is bad, or that working out is bad! I believe it becomes a heart issue when we begin to idolize and put these things before our God. When we fall into debt, when we feel anxious, when we feel unworthy or when these things take our focus off of God is when they become an issue.

As far as me spending X dollars on clothes and maybe some makeup, I’ve come to peace with this decision. It was a gift from my wonderfully awesome husband! Had I decided on shopping and putting it on our credit card I would have came to a different conclusion. The guilt I was feeling was mom guilt! You know, that feeling when you’ve spent money on your kids and then decide to put back $15 worth of underwear because you don’t feel worthy of spending money on yourself! God loves us and wants us to take care of ourselves but at the same time do it for the glory of God.

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