You don’t know you’re beautiful…
That’s what makes you beautiful!
– One Direction
I had to think awhile about these lines. I had to meditate on the boy band’s message in order to decide if I agree with what their saying. Like I said last time, I don’t want you to listen to these songs and get all these sayings in your head if they aren’t the truth, ya know? Even if they do get in your head and the meaning behind them isn’t fabulous, I want you to have some Truth that’s rooted deep in your heart.
Here’s the thing: You are beautiful and I want you to know that you are. And you are beautiful simply because you are created by God and He revels in the magnificence of His creation. Do you know that He calls you (yes, you!) His prized possession? Let’s learn early to define beauty by God’s standards and not the world’s standards because let me tell you, they are two entirely different things.
Every good thing God created came from the overflow of his own beauty. Imagine the first six days on planet Earth!
I don’t profess to know the inner working of the boy band song-making machine, but I’m not sure that they really understand what they are singing in this song. Thinking that you are ugly or not as pretty as so-and-so, thinking that God messed up when He gave you that hair or those teeth or these thighs – this kind of not knowing you’re beautiful doesn’t normally capture the kind of attention these boys are giving. At least in my opinion.
What is attractive is real self-confidence. True humility doesn’t mean being self-deprecating. It doesn’t mean walking around thinking and acting like you are nothing. The Holman Bible Dictionary defines humility this way:
“The personal quality of being free from arrogance and pride and having an accurate estimate of one’s worth.”
What I think Harold, Niall, Louis, Liam, and Zayn (thank you, Wikipedia) are trying to articulate is that what makes you beautiful is simply accepting your beauty and not being all proud about it. Flaunting, parading, seducing – it doesn’t elicit the same reaction from people as simply residing in the fact that you are created with beauty…and then moving on to more important things.
Like what’s on the inside. Like what radiates from the heart.
The truth is, most everyone I know that has chosen to flaunt their beauty doesn’t really know they’re beautiful. They are out for affirmation because they haven’t realized their worth comes from the Most High God.
What happens when you accept that God created you as a beautiful being? What happens when you push away societal pressures to look and act a certain way? What do you do with all the free time and headspace that you now have??
You keep working on cultivating that internal beauty.
Internal beauty comes from letting God’s Word nourish your soul. His thoughts about you are what protect you when the world tries to steal this sustenance. You are enough. Because He designed you that way.
Don’t know what for,
You’re turning heads when you walk through the do-o-or,
Don’t need make-up,
To cover up,
Being the way that you are is eno-o-ough,
– One Direction
 Strassner, K. (2009). Opening up Genesis. Opening Up Commentary (27). Leominster: Day One Publications.
 Hardin, G. (2003). Humility. In C. Brand, C. Draper, A. England, S. Bond, E. R. Clendenen & T. C. Butler (Eds.), Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (C. Brand, C. Draper, A. England, S. Bond, E. R. Clendenen & T. C. Butler, Ed.) (792). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.