She said something striking, as we sat in our slumber party form, girl talk in the air and opened lingerie boxes scattered about, "I decided a long time ago that I wasn't going to change my body. He knows me and what I look like, why would I change who I am just for my wedding day?" My sister-in-law, three weeks away from saying "I do" to her best friend, spoke it loud and clear, right there at her Bachelorette party: Why would anyone change who they are, wedding day or whatever the occasion, just to appease the crowd? What's even the point? And why do we, as women, and maybe especially more so as bride's to be, try to change ourselves?
Honestly, I believe we try to change ourselves for our own appeasement and our own self-acceptance, more than that of the crowd. Yes our culture puts this pressure on us to fit in a certain box of beautiful, but really, it is our own self that buys into it, and purchases the idea that we have to fit inside the box that is on display. But Morgan, no way. Clearly not buying that lie, and choosing to embrace her very own beautiful, not changing herself for her wedding day--not changing herself for anyone--and very much knowing who she is and the breathtaking bride that she will be; 100% herself. And what a true example of choosing beauty this is.
Morgan reminded me of something else that weekend--that confidence is breathtaking. That not caring about what others think is freeing. That choosing to be the woman God created you to be is the only way to truly knowing true beauty and seeing it in others. What has someone in your life taught you about beauty this week?
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