Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fading Beauty - Devotional, By TreAnna B.

Fading Beauty - Devotional

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By TreAnna B.

Fading Beauty was written with one essential them in mind: the issue of beauty among girls in our society today. I know girls who will starve themselves so they will look 'beautiful' by society's standards. I also know girls who have retreated to some sort of vice or idol in order to feel better about themselves: cutting, drinking, drugs. The list goes on. 1 Peter 3:3-4 states, “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.” God's word tells us that our inner beauty should be from a gentle and quiet spirit. This is one thing I tried to convey in Maria's character. Andrianna's character was to help represent the exact opposite. Her character represented society.

Psalms 139: 14 also states we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” That is one thing Eric tries to convince Maria of. Maria, however, loses sight of this because she wants so desperately to fit into society's view of beauty.

Many girls today don't feel beautiful because they feel they aren't skinny enough, smart enough, or even perfect enough. Society's view of beauty if flawed, for we ARE fearfully and wonderfully made. God is the perfect artist, and He made YOU. Therefore, you are not flawed. You are beautiful. If we look around at nature, we see many of God's beautiful creations. Why, then, is it so hard for us to believe we share that same beauty?

Fading Beauty conveyed this theme. Showing Maria at her worst, trying to fit into society's standards. By the end of the story, she finally realizes that her thinking has been flawed. She possesses (just as we all do) an inner beauty that is much more important than any kind of beauty society can gloss, gild, or glamor us with.

God's masterpiece is already perfect, so why try to change it?


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