It Won’t Fade…

When I first saw Chioma for the first time, I noticed that she was short and plump with dark hair. Her uneven complexion had most likely been problematic in her younger years. She didn’t even have the manicured hands of a pampered princess, but the hands of a hard worker who is quick to volunteer to help others. She wore glasses that made her look like a nerd when everyone else chose to wear contacts, and she had a distinct overbite.

But when she smiled, the whole room lit up. I liked her immediately. We became friends and a woman 6 years my senior. Chioma has always been supportive and offered wise, godly counsel to me and anyone who sought her out without agitation. She became a wife and a mother to me.

Whenever I stop by Chioma’s house, she always engulfs me in a warm hug. One time I sat at her kitchen table sipping a soft drink, I noticed how beautiful she was. I wondered why it took me so long to see that. No, she was not model perfect or movie star gorgeous, but she has her own particular kind of beauty.

It’s an inner beauty that has been cultivated through years of trials and by relying on the Lord for her strength and provision. The kind of beauty she has doesn’t fade; it only grows more beautiful with each passing year”.

Nigerians are inundated with images of people who have incredible physical beauty. Women, especially are conditioned to feel that their worth is dependent on how attractive they are. The ideal we see on TV, in movies, and in magazines is a woman who is tall and willowy, with perfect measurements and of course, she has no blemishes or cellulite.

Today, w have a generation of young women who have been exposed to distorted body images, and many have eating disorders. Some have damaged their skin all in a bid to be fairer than the morning sun to be acclaimed beautiful. Do they realise that the picture of the “perfect” women on magazine covers have been retouched and airbrushed?

And do they know that some of these “perfect” women have eating disorders, drug-related problems, blemishes, hidden secrets, and pains stemming from the pressure to look perfect? Of course not.

We have been perfectly and beautifully made by a perfect God. He looked at us and said ” Good”. We don’t need the worlds approval to believe that. If you’re comfortable in your own skin, don’t stop being you. Press on and keep working, no matter what others say or how much they discourage you.

Man don’t see what God sees. You’re beautiful in his sight and the one who loves you would accept you just the way you are. If it’s your smile that makes you beautiful, wear it with confidence. If it’s your hair that makes you beautiful, flaunt it with style.

If it’s your good works and services that makes you beautiful, develop it with pride. You don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. If you’re reading this now, I know you’re beautiful just the way you are.😊

Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.( Proverbs 31:30)

Blessings & Love

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