It seems like the following topic has been coming up lately, so here goes my take on societies infatuation with perfection, namely the human body. There is an awesome song and video that addresses this topic, and it just happens to be put out by a Christian artist by the name of Jonny Diaz. I think the video and message are powerful, and that all people, not just Christians need to be speaking to our young women and men about it.
Let me start by asking you to watch the following video! Don’t worry, I’ll be here waiting for you when you’re done …
Ok, I have really had it with the media toying with us as consumers and as human beings. My take on this is that what we have been shown some level perfection to aspire for that is not real. It is all just smoke and mirrors. For example, did you see how it is possible to take someone’s imperfections and make them disappear? Look how easily people’s eyes and cheek bones can be redone in a picture. Then these pictures are published in a long list of, not only women’s magazines, but magazines read by young girls everywhere. We wonder why people’s body images are out of whack. People, we have let this happen.
Now I am not going to limit this to just women. Take a look at some of these young gentlemen. To look like that you literally have to starve yourself and workout continually. So I guess if that is your job, then have at. But we poor male working stiffs of the world have to compete with a standard that is just as high as what the women have to deal with. These people, outside of the magazine world do not exist. We as a society and a people have set ourselves up to fail miserably, and feel inferior and worthless as individuals when this level of perfection is not met.
I’ve got a well grounded sense of self, as many can attest, and I see this for what it is. There are others to be sure, but I am really concerned with the females here. I know people that think that they are fat. SKINNY people … SKINNY that have a self image of being heavy. I just think… “Well if they are fat, I must be a whale.” These are smart people, people that should know better. People that, if they seriously look at themselves, I would think should conclude that they are nowhere near the size they think they are in their mind.
Which brings me back to these lyrics from the song.
Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way.
But her hair isn’t straight her body isn’t fake
And she’s always felt overweight.
Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart.
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are.
There could never be a more beautiful you!
Don’t buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through.
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you.
If that doesn’t make you stop and think, and then get mad as hell, I don’t know what will. How much longer are we going to put up with this crap? I can hear it now…”Oh, that’s just the way it is.” So then let’s keep putting up with this ? I think not.
Now, maybe this just hits home because I have a child that is racing towards this age, but I think it is more than that… This is just wrong on so many levels. I say, start writing letters or telling these so called magazine editors to take a flying leap and that we want to start seeing ‘normal people’ for a change, and not a lot of airbrushed unrealistic caricatures of ourselves. Better yet quit buying their trash magazines.
Now, to all of you ladies out there that do know better.
Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come,
you starve yourself to play the part.
But I can promise you there’s a man whose love is true,
and he’ll treat you like the jewel you are
Love the play on words. Since it is a Christian song, he is saying that Christ will accept you the way you are, He did create you and loves you the way you are. Also, I believe that there is someone out there that will love you for the way you are. There is certainly a place in your life for you to be healthy and keep your body from being obese. But this doesn’t mean that we are all to be as skinny as rails, and that we are to starve ourselves.
Love this verse –
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We as Christians are meant for better things. Things that God has foreordained us to walk in. What this world is seeking to do is subvert this, and and get our eyes off of the One who called us. To the ones that aren’t Christian, all I can say is that you are worth more than this, and I pray that you see this, and come to an understanding of Christ. But in the mean time, we shouldn’t be someone’s idea of perfection. We should be who we are, nothing more and nothing less.
I love how the song ends.
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you’ll see through the eyes of a little girl
What does the Bible tell us. Unless you become like a little child you will not see the kingdom of heaven. We are going to have to learn to be trusting and let go of this world view, and get our vision fixed on who and what is important.
It’s sad but true, that this message will probably be lost in the vast multitude of the media, and people will say, “yeah, yeah…” But we will go back to taking in that message of having to fit the mold of perfection that we are so used to seeing day in and out. My only wish is that you’ll stop and contemplate this, and make a stand. Isn’t Jesus’ love enough? Why do you need acceptance of the world? You don’t. If you are feeling pressured, find some new friends, throw away the magazines, and ignore the commercials.
Be you, because there will never be a more beautiful you, nor another you period!
Grace and Peace,