My parents didn’t constantly tell me I was beautiful. They didn’t call me princess or tell me I was the fairest of them all. They weren’t concerned with my self-esteem or if I wondered if I was skinny or pretty enough. I was loved and that was enough. But every time I would bring up that I wanted to look pretty or thought I didn’t look good enough or even if someone told me I was beautiful, my mom told me, “Lauren, pretty is as pretty does.” That alone became all the self-esteem that I needed. I knew that what made me truly beautiful was not my hair or face or clothes or body. I knew that what I did, who I was, how I treated people, and my heart for God was the ultimate deciding factor of my own personal beauty.
There is nothing more beautiful than a girl who longs to please her Savior in whatever she does, and there is nothing more ugly than a girl who is full of hate, and bitterness, and jealousy, and strife.
The pages of the magazines have nothing on the pages of God’s word. You can read all the magazines you like and collect all the beauty tips they can offer, but if you don’t open the pages written by the author of beauty and walk in his footsteps, you will never truly have a beautiful life.
You want to have worth? Self worth isn’t realized by hearing that you are pretty. There are lots of pretty girls. A pretty face or nice things isn’t going to make you special. Self worth isn’t even realized by hearing you’re loved or cherished or wonderful… It doesn’t come from other people. Self worth comes from doing what is right.
Only inner beauty- not physical beauty- not all the things we obsess over- only the heart is redeemable. Only love, forgiveness, humility, faith, perseverance, self-control, goodness, grace, and mercy can be truly beautiful. There are a million “beautiful” people in the world, and what we lack we create in photoshop. Physical beauty doesn’t make you special. Everyone may not live up to the world’s sick standards, but that is not what our lives are about. Who cares what they say? Stop grasping. We live for so much more. You are more than a beautiful face and body. You are a beautiful heart and a beautiful soul. You are a more than beautiful daughter of the King, and, baby, that is a life worth living. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
Pretty is as pretty does.