Man (in) a Tee
You are more beautiful than you think. Let me prove it to you. (I love proofs)
Are you happy? Do you exude joy? Perhaps both?
I recently heard a message entitled ‘True Happiness‘ given by Albert Hung, where he explained the difference between happiness and joy. Where happiness means to be blessed, joy means to be exceedingly glad; where happiness is momentary, joy is ongoing; where the source of happiness is external, joy’s is internal. (Albert continues to dive into happiness with and without holiness. You can listen to the audio for that nugget of wisdom.)
There is a certain issue that plagues the U.S. And that is how we view ourselves, especially women. There are ads, commercials, and society itself that defines “beauty” and many women, unfortunately, fall into the marketing ploy of the companies that sponsor these movements. Your hair has to be a certain thickness, your skin tone just right, cover up any “blemishes”, your freckles are ugly, remove them. The list goes on and on and on.
I hate how the U.S culture is perpetuating this idea that happiness comes from your beauty and that that beauty is based primarily on how you look. I’m sorry, hate is a strong word, let me use a better one. Despise. I despise the way the self-esteem of women, especially around my age, is plummeting, due to their being bombarded by the social pressure to look a certain way.
I am here to tell you that your joy should not be directly linked to your happiness. Your joy, the one you get from the inside, is beautiful, majestic, and means so much more than your happiness. What happens when your joy affects your happiness? That is what God wants for you! He is a loving and caring Father who wants the best for his daughters. He wants you to be filled with the kind of joy that makes you jump up and dance when no one is watching! What happens when your joy pours into your happiness? Bliss.
This is where real beauty is found, internally. Sounds a bit cliché, I know. But, how many times do you need to hear it before it sinks in? STOP BEING YOUR OWN WORST CRITIC! That’s not how people see you anyway!
Dove did an amazing social experiment back in April of this year. They decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see. Here is the video:
“We spend a lot of time as women, analyzing and trying to fix the things that aren’t quite right, and we should spend more time appreciating the things we do like.”
Did you catch that? Stop trying to fix the things that aren’t broken. I know that I’m not a woman, that I “don’t know” what it feels like to be judged by others so critically and how careers are tied in to looks somehow, etc. But ladies, take it from a man: You are more beautiful than you think.
Spend some time this week to appreciate the joy that comes from knowing your heavenly Father. And for those of you that don’t profess Christianity, simply ask yourself where your joy comes from. If it’s externally, you are not looking in the right places.
Where does your happiness and joy come from? Comment below.
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