Sunday, January 22, 2006

beauty...

The Miss America Pagent was on tonight. I'm not sure if it was the original airing of the show or not but I watched it. Miss Oklahoma, Jennifer Berry won...I was rooting for Miss Georgia, but don't tell Jennifer. I actually started watching when they were down to five so I didn't see a whole lot of the show. Greg left to play volleyball and he said "I know you love to watch the Miss America pagents so I'm leaving the TV on." He's right I do like to watch the pagents. I'm not exactly sure what the draw is...

Could it be that the society we live in puts so much emphasis on image that I want to know what that image should look like (airbrushed models are not my idea of the "real image")?

Could it be that I've always secretly desired to be the beautiful, talented, and loved Miss America?

Could it be that I'm looking for an evening gown and was checking out the latest trends?

I think the answer is the second one. I've always secretly (not so secretly anymore) desired to be Miss America...or even Miss Wisonsin (or whatever state I live in) would do. I desire to know that I am beautiful and that others think so too. I desire to share my talents (not sure what I would do) with the world. I was in Junior Miss when I was a Junior in highschool. We had many of the same parts of the competition; talent, survey, physical fitness routine, miss congeniality and the final question. For my talent I "dramatically" read a poem that I had written called "Third Day" about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Others sang, danced, did gymnastics, you name it. It was a great time to meet some girls and to be on stage (I've always been a little bit of a sucker for the spotlight). I did not win but that's okay because the girl who did win TRULY deserved it and I was SO HAPPY for her! Seriously!!!!

What is it in us that always longs to be loved? Longs to hear "you're beautiful"? I feel that we are incomplete right now here on earth. We may be married and be complete ("you complete me") in that sense but our husbands will never be able to love us in the way that we truly need and deserve to be loved. There is only one man who can love us that completely. Jesus Christ is the only one who can love us unconditionally and without strings. Even if we're in our old sweats and have a zit on our nose He still tells us that we are beautiful and that He desires a relationship with us. Still it doesn't hurt to hear those words, "you are loved", "you are beautiful" this side of heaven. But I know that the longing will be completely filled when we are standing face to face with our creator. What a beautiful day that will be. I imagine being swept off my feet in the dance of my life with the one who made me beautiful.

I don't think that women are the only ones who want to hear that we are loved and beautiful. Men are longing for some of those things too. I'm not sure if they are longing to be told that they are beautiful but they are probably longing to know that they are loved. Everyone wants to feel accepted and loved. Men also want to know that they are needed.

So go tell your man, or a man you admire that he is loved and that he is needed. Tell your women friends that they are beautiful, because they truly are. Any creation of God's (which is all people) is a beautiful creation that He is madly in love with. Remember that next time someone skips you in line, cuts you off in their car, gets promoted ahead of you, or just makes you mad. God created them and loves them too. He knows what is best for all of us and sometimes we need to be reminded of that, and to remember His love for us.

You are beautiful!!!!

You are desired!!!!

You are needed!!!!

You are LOVED!!!!

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