Our modern-day culture is always coming out with new stuff. New electronics, new styles of clothing, new makeup brands to make you more beautiful, and even new foods that are microwavable and easy to make. With all this new stuff right at our fingertips, people are feeling pressured to buy those “new” items that have seemingly amazing results. People seem to be constantly wanting more and are not content with what they have; and how long does it really last? Not long. People start asking for someone new because they are getting sick of the old stuff. Soon, the “new and improved” model of the iPhone comes out and those with the now “old” model immediately exchange it for the upgraded one. I am not saying that buying new things is wrong. It’s completely fine to keep up with the style. So, don’t worry. :0)
However, something I have noticed in my own generation, is that young girls are not being content. By saying “content” I am mainly talking about being satisfied with who you are and where you are in life. Take one look at a magazine and you will see in big bold letters “How to Have More Voluminous Hair” or “How to Have Flawless Skin”, and the list goes on. You see pictures of gorgeous women (when really their skin is airbrushed) on magazine covers and instantly you may grumble to yourself, “I wish I had a body like that.” This is an example of discontentment. Society seems to force these requirements on young girls just to be accepted and to fit in. Girls, you need to protect yourself from this lie that is oh so easy to believe. Like I said in the last post, start young! Mothers, implant this into your girl’s minds. Tell them that they are beautiful just the way they are. Remind them that they do not need to look like that woman on the magazine just to be a somebody. In fact, have them memorize this beautiful verse, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30) You can also watch this music video by Jonny Diaz.
Being content is difficult, to be sure. Especially in the culture we live in today. How do you be content when the world is trying to form you to it’s expectations? The simple (but not so easy) answer is to ignore those magazines on the shelves, the internet links, and maybe even your worldly friends. The more you ignore what the world expects of you, the more you will seek God’s expectations of you. God created you uniquely and He delights in His creation, therefore He loves you. So by ignoring the “perfect” (but not so perfect) celebrities, you will be able to see clearer what God wants you to be. God created you for a purpose, so live that purpose. Be content with who you are and what God made you to be. Whether you have brown hair or blonde hair, blue eyes or green eyes, long legs or short legs, weigh 50 pounds or 200 pounds, God has a plan for you. All you need to do is submit your heart and soul to God, pray, and fulfill that plan by doing your part.
I must say, sometimes it is hard to deal with contentment among your own close friends. Your friend may have clothes that you can’t afford, perfectly shaped lips that you weren’t born with, or even an athletic ability that you may not have. But instead of looking at them and wishing you had what they have, look at yourself and remember how blessed you are. You have abilities, talents, and features that they don’t have. Now, don’t get cocky about it, but instead look at your uniqueness (even your flaws) and thank the LORD! A joke I often say is, “Remember, you’re unique…just like everyone else.” :0) No but really, you ARE unique. Isn’t it amazing to think that there is no one else out there who looks even remotely like you!? Even identical twins have their differences. Memorize this verse from the book of Psalms.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” (Psalms 139:14)
God made you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by God’s hand. He put thought into creating YOU. I know, it’s hard to wrap your mind around the fact that Someone carefully formed you in the womb. With that fact established, you just need to be content. Because you are unique and God has made you to have your own thoughts, desires, and physical features, all you need to do is accept that and feel blessed to be who you are. You are a miracle. God could have chosen to not create you. But you know what? He decided otherwise because He has a unique plan for you and your life. So be content with where you’re at and who you are!
Society is going to go against you. They’ll say, “You could use a thinner body, softer hair, and longer lashes”, but don’t listen to them! If God wanted to make you with longer lashes, He would of, but if He didn’t, just rest in the fact that He made you unique and He loves you for it. Being content is hard, I know. But remember that God loves you just how He created you. You wouldn’t be you if you if you were any different. Paul said this to the church in Philippi:
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)
Hebrews 13:5 says this speaking, of contentment:
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
When in doubt, go to the Bible for encouragement like this. Don’t covet the things of this world, for they will pass away. Yearn for the things of God and be content. The world is always coming out with new stuff. But God’s Word never changes. If you lean on God and His Word, you will be content. Pray to Him for wisdom and strength to get by in this ever-changing world. Rest in Him because He never changes. Only in God will you find true contentment.
Young girls, teenage girls, young women, old women, and even guys, keep this in mind. Draw nearer to God each day and be content with where He has you. His plans for you are different than His plans for someone else. That’s what makes YOU unique.
Stay tuned for my next post on being patient!!