Beauty as seen through a Child’s Eyes

I spoke with a 7-year-old girl. A girl who still watches PBS cartoons and likes to play with dolls. A girl who still is full of innocence. I asked her what makes a girl or lady “pretty” or “beautiful”?

 

All of her answers had absolutely nothing to do with the way the person looked on the outside. Her perspective of beauty had nothing to do with a person’s appearance.

 

I asked her to name a couple of people who she thought was the most beautiful to her. Her picks included her mother and her best friend.

 

This little girl hasn’t yet had the world tell her that she is “less than” beautiful. She hasn’t read the magazines or seen the television shows that would point out her “flaws.” She doesn’t see her mother’s stretch marks or wrinkles. She doesn’t notice her best friend’s messy hair or mismatched clothes. Through her eyes, she sees the love and that is all that matters.

 

When do we lose our innocence? How are we so convinced we are less than beautiful? Who told you? Who told you?

 

All I can think of is when Adam and Eve hid from God because they were “naked.”

Genesis 3:8-11a, NLT:

“When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. Then the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”

“Who told you that you were naked?” the LORD God asked…

 

They felt exposed. Unprotected. Insecure.

 

Yes, my so-called “flaws” definitely cause me to feel exposed, insecure, naked. But who told me that I was flawed? Who told me that I am not good enough? Who told me that I am not beautiful? What/Who will I choose to believe?

 

So I will ask again:

When do we lose our innocence? How are we so convinced we are less than beautiful? Who told you? Who told you?

Who told me?

 

 

 

 


 

 

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