We’ve all heard the phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” But these days, it seems as if our beauty is trapped within the reflective surface on our bathroom wall and the media holds the key. 40,000 times a year we are bombarded with negative messages about our body, our beauty, and our sexuality. As women, we are told to be skinny but with curves, tall but not too tall, a selfless mother while balancing a full time-career, an independent single but with a perfect man, pure but sexually experienced…no wonder we’re confused!
As a 22 year-old perfectionist, I fell victim to the never-ending bombardment and dissatisfaction with myself. I realized that both my affirmation and criticism came from how I felt I looked. So I decided to embark on a journey to discover what real beauty is beyond the surface. For over 40 days, I “repainted” my image of beauty by avoiding all reflective surfaces and instead, turned my focus on my actions towards others and learned to recognize the beauty of life around me. After 40 days, I was completely transformed, and so were the countless other women who decided to join me in “painting the mirrors.”
How was this even possible? You may ask. Believe me, I had all of the same doubts and questions that you are probably thinking. But setting realistic daily goals, having support from friends and most importantly, having a sense of humor walked me through every step of the way!
We each have a role to play in either making the world around us full of beauty and truth, or vanity and comparison. I invite you to join me in exploring the truth and the lies behind what our culture defines as beauty. Learn to repaint the image you see of yourself, finding your own unique beauty and your identity reflected through the biggest mirror of all: Christ. He sees us fully, with nothing hidden.
Although Lent has already started, it’s never too late to redirect our focus on God. Consider joining Paint the Mirrors as many other women of all ages have and radiate your light that can only come from within.
“For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then [we will see clearly], face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known. But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:12).”
Unleash your creativity. Unleash your inner beauty. Join me in redefining beauty, one mirror at a time. “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, without you I’m the most beautiful of all.”