“Oh no, the dreaded group photo… I hope my smile isn’t weird, my hair is in the right place, my eyes are open just right, my hands aren’t awkward………”
Who else has had these same thoughts, worries, or fears? Don’t worry, you are not alone; thoughts like these plague my mind every time someone pulls out a camera. I have had the horrible experiences of pointing out every flaw in a picture of myself, not being able to find the perfect angle, or not liking a photo and making my friend take at least 20 more before I just give up. In today’s society, we are all trying to take that perfect picture that looks like we are not trying, that “natural” picture that we edited with four different apps, and that picture that we know will get at least 100 likes on our social media sites. We get so caught up in this vicious cycle that I begin to wonder, “Who are we trying to impress?”
The definition of beautiful is to possess qualities that give great pleasure to see, hear, or think about, being extraordinary, and wonderful. So should we consider ourselves beautiful? Psalm 149:4 says, “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation.” In the Bible, we read multiple times that we are to be set apart, not to be ordinary, but called to be extraordinary (1 Peter 2:9). In Psalm 139:14 we are reminded that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” According to the Word of the Almighty God, we are the definition of beautiful.
It is easy to believe and know that our God is beautiful, perfect, and without flaw, but we seem to forget that in Genesis 1:27 we are told that, “God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female He created them.” We are made in God’s image. Does this mean we are perfect and without flaw? No, we are human, but we are humans that God made exactly the way He wants us. He chose your height, your complexion, your hair color, your eyes, He chose every single feature just the way He wanted it.
In Proverbs 31:30 it says, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” So again I ask, “Who are we trying to impress?” Jesus already thinks that YOU are beautiful inside and out. So whether you are the girl in the picture that sits down or stands up, smiles with your teeth showing or with your mouth closed, squints your eyes or opens them wide, is short or tall, or has curly hair or straight hair: You are beautiful in every image because you are made in God’s image.
Sarah, 21, is from Texas and is the middle sibling out of three girls in the Barnhill family. She recently graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with her Bachelor’s degree. Her favorite snack happens to be Cheddar Jalapeno Cheetos!