There’s this recently written book series that’s been transformed into one of the most successful movie series of all time, and it’s not done yet. I’m sure you’ve heard of it? The Twilight Saga possesses the ability to appeal to girls and women of all ages. A classic love story with some unique twists to say the least, has captured the hearts of many members of the female gender across the world in just a few short years. Along with the intense love triangle that is Bella, Jacob, and Edward, many fans are intrigued by another aspect of the story: The Cullen family.
The Cullen vampires are more than just a coven; they are a family. An extraordinarily beautiful family at that. Through reading the books or watching the movies, a girl can’t help but fall in love with the family of monsters that so greatly wants to be good. As much as we love seeing these favorite fictional characters of ours made into physical movie characters, there is a downside; our beautiful mythical family has been transformed into something we can actually see, actors we can follow, and more beautiful perfection to live up to.
As girls living in today’s society, we feel enormous pressure to be beautiful. The standards that we sometimes feel the need to live up to are unrealistic, yet we see this so-called “beauty” everywhere we look: television, magazines, and now Twilight. What’s an ordinary human girl to do?
This type of outward beauty that is deemed the “norm” by the world’s standards is often times just that, outward beauty. We see physically beautiful celebrities in the media everyday living a not-so-beautiful lifestyle. Not all beautiful celebrities lead troubled lives, but it seems to be the “norm” in Hollywood. Take Lindsay Lohan for example: she is being sent to jail and rehab all because she has a drinking problem that has gotten way out of hand. Lindsay is physically beautiful but somewhere along the way her inner beauty stopped shining through.
Inner beauty is a difficult thing to describe, yet everyone seems to know just what it means. I like to think of inner beauty as a love of others and self that starts within a person and over time grows so big that others can’t help but see it on the outside too. You see, true inner beauty can be seen by a person’s actions, or good works.
God instructs us in the book of James to “prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers” (James 1:22). It’s important to God that we, as Christians, in turn model our lives and actions after Christ. While Christ was on Earth, His actions greatly showed inner beauty and we can read about many of those great acts of service to others in the Gospels. Jesus states, “If anyone serves me, he must follow Me” and “if anyone serves me, the Father will honor him” (John 12:26).
We can learn from the inspired word of God how we can act like faithful Christians. Paul gives some instructions for Godly women. “I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly” and in the next verse “by means of good works, as is proper for women making a good claim to godliness” (1 Timothy 2:9-10).
When we trust in God’s word and let our actions become godly, there isn’t much doubt that others will see how we live our lives and it will inspire them to live godly lives as well. When that happens, our inner beauty will shine through and we can help other girls to shine bright with inner beauty. Couldn’t we use a little more inner beauty to surround ourselves with?