The makers of Dove soap asked that question in worldwide survey. To demonstrate the results, they set up signs at the entrances of buildings around the globe. At each location, one door was marked “Average” and the other was marked “Beautiful.”
Across the board, women overwhelmingly chose to walk through the door marked “Average.” In fact, a staggering 96% chose that door. A mere 4% chose to walk through the door marked “Beautiful.” Sure, some stopped and pondered the possibility of choosing “Beautiful,” but all too often they abandoned the choice. The reasons were varied. Many felt that it seemed like vanity to admit that they considered themselves beautiful, while other genuinely believed themselves unworthy of walking through the “Beautiful” door.
One woman from Shanghai picked the average door, saying: “Beautiful, to me, is too far out of reach.”
But one woman nailed it, saying, “I choose beautiful because if I don’t think it myself, no one else will.”
Dove is onto something here. All women are intrinsically beautiful. Sadly, most are hesitant to embrace their true inner worth, either because they don't believe it, or for the fear of appearing vain.
As children of God, we are indeed ALL intrinsically beautiful. Feeling valued is a choice the cross of Christ empowers us to make everyday. God wants us to embrace our beauty—own it. Not the outward beauty of personal appearance, but the inner beauty of a heart and soul redeemed and perfected by the perfect love of a perfect God.
It’s not vanity to acknowledge the value that God attributes to each of us. It’s the truth and it is liberating. Don't balk at the opportunity to behave in a way that reveals your self-image in Christ. For how are we to convey to others their worth and beauty in the eyes of God, if we cannot acknowledge it and embrace it within ourselves?
Unlock the joy and happiness that comes to those who choose beautiful in the eyes of God.
"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight" (1 Peter 3:3-4).