A large proportion of our young people today are infatuated with the desire and need to look good and to look as attractive as possible to the opposite sex. This obsession of our teenagers has been brought about by the media through magazines showing models, pop stars and actors on the front cover with beautiful hair, makeup and complexions.
In addition, we strive to be popular with our peers to look good like celebrities such as David Beckham, Justin Bieber and Harry Styles or if you are a girl idols like Jennifer Lopez or Taylor Swift. Many young people seek to emulate their idols by copying their hairstyles for instance.
Many parents are to blame as they allow daughters as young as ten years old to spend all their pocket money on makeup in an attempt to impress their 13-year-old neighbour who they have a crush on. Or perhaps the 16-year-old son spends all his spare cash on buying Hair products as he pursues the need to look good to try and impress his 30-year-old French teacher.
Unfortunately the above is a sad reality of our society who are obsessed with outward appearance. As Christians the bible is clear that God looks to the inside and that looks are actually not important. Don’t get me wrong, it is good to take pride in your appearance and make sure you dress smartly for work, shower regularly and apply some makeup or moisturiser to look good but the problem arises when it becomes an obsession and it takes the place of spending time with God.
As parents, it is important we set a good example to our children and not let them become obsessed with outward appearance but rather appreciate people for their inner qualities striving to obtain the fruits of the Spirit in love, joy, peace, patience and kindness for example. After all, looks will fade with time.
Choosing a partner based solely on looks is not only ” shallow” but immature, unbiblical and will never last beyond the initial chemistry. As I see it a beautiful personality with qualities such as kindness, a nice smile, generosity and compassion can turn an average looking person into a very attractive one. Don’t get me wrong, if you are good looking, this is a blessing from God and you should express gratitude for that gift however we all need to remember that looks fade with age but inner beauty can last a lifetime.
Think about this today and ask God that you will not judge by appearance.