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True Beauty is Knowing You are Loved

SnoodlerellaI watched my first episode of Veggie Tales when I was babysitting my 17-year-old nephew. Of course, he was two at the time. He warbled the intro song, both the words he could pronounce and the ones he couldn’t. Since that time, I’ve loved the show. I’ve likely watched every episode .. or at least the vast majority of them.

Back then, I made the most of my babysitting days by watching the latest video they put out. These days, I use my kids as an excuse to watch them.

I have a few favorites.

“Lord of the Beans,” which follows the story of Toto Baggy-pants as he follows Grandalf’s leading to find a use for his One Bean, trying to steer clear of the evil influence of Scaryman all the while.

“King George and the Ducky,” a tale of a king too interested in his bathtub ducks to be concerned about the war going on in his kingdom. Then he spots another ducky, belonging to someone who has only that one, and treasures it. The king orders that individual to the front of the battle so he can claim his duck as his own. If the story line sounds familiar, you’ve likely read Second Samuel.

I recently saw a Veggie Tales video that was an instant favorite. It deals with an issue that affects me deeply. Beauty. Maybe it’s the detrimental effects of modern society’s view of beauty on young women (and men). Maybe it’s the fact that so much emphasis is placed on styles and clothing, glamour and glitter and that surface show that so few these days seem to understand what true beauty is. Maybe it’s because so many seem caught up chasing these pervasive (and fleeting) concepts of beauty that they never stop to hear the most important words that they might ever hear.

Words that might change their lives. Words that have changed mine. And yes, I heard the words in a kids’ video.

I’ve heard them in other places as well. In a song, “Beautiful” by Mercy Me, which I posted and wrote about last year. I also posted Bart Millard’s story about why he wrote that particular song. Famous actors, from Dustin Hoffman to Lupita Nyong’o, have spoken on the theme of true beauty. They all express, in their own way, how they came to understand what beauty is.

The Veggie Tales video, titled “Sweetpea Beauty,” begins with a narrative titled “Snoodlerella.” It’s about a girl with no sense of style. She has “glasses and braces, uncontrollable hair and cumbersome graces.”

In a moment of truth, she tells her stuffed animal, “I want to be noticed. I want to be cherished and treasured and loved.”

Then, of course, the berry godmother comes along and fixes her up. For once, Snoodlerella sees herself as beautiful. The godmother gives her a warning, “My work only lasts until midnight, my dear.”

Snoodlerella goes to the ball and has a blast dancing into the night. But she wonders, is she really beautiful. She didn’t feel “cherished or nurtured or loved.” Then midnight arrives all too soon, and her makeup and style dissolves. Once again, she is left with her “glasses and braces, uncontrollable hair and cumbersome graces.”

But out of the darkness, a figure appears and asks her for a dance. She thinks she’s a bad choice and tells him as much. “Who told you that?” he asks her.

“The whole world tells me so.”

The figure steps into the light. And it’s the King. He tells her,

“I think you’re beautiful. I treasure you deeply.
You’re lovely, My child.
I think you’re beautiful,
Your glasses and braces, uncontrollable hair and cumbersome graces.
And many more traits that I could speak of.
There’s nothing about you I don’t truly love.
You’re kind and you’re honest. You’re funny and smart.
You’re really quite charming. You have a good heart.”

“Your majesty,” Snoodlerella asks, a tear rolling down her cheek. “I’d like to believe you. Is that really true?”

“Of course it is true … every word that I say.
Daughter, I am the King, and I made you that way.
I delight in your beauty. You’re wonderfully made.
I knew you before this foundation was laid.
You’re precious to me, every hair on your head.
Daughter, hear and believe.”

Beauty. True beauty. Is knowing that you’re loved.

Love changes us in ways nothing else can. And loved by the King, wonderfully made for a unique purpose?

Somehow, it doesn’t matter at all what the whole world says. Has anybody told you “You’re Beautiful” recently?

If you don’t think so, listen for a moment to the voice of the King, the Creator. He made you beautiful. And you are precious to Him.

[And in case you’re interested in watching one of the most awesome Veggie Tales videos, you can find Sweetpea Beauty on Netflix.]


A Heart that is Loved

Her sisters were always described with words like smart, talented, talkative, beautiful. She remembered very different descriptive words used on hers … sticks and stones kind of words.

She often looked in the mirror and tried to picture how she would look without the glasses. Was she pretty behind the gaudy frames and thick lenses? Would anyone care?

Make-up soon became her good friend. For years no one would see her until she had first applied foundation and then layered the perfect blend of colors on top of it. The thick specs had given way to contacts and she felt almost normal … but only with the mask.

Then she met him. He told her that she was beautiful.

Still she kept the makeup on and he never saw her without it. But one day he did, and she felt worse than naked. But he still said she was beautiful.

One day, he saw her in glasses. He said they were cute. It took a while for her to believe it … but finally she did.

Finally she realized that love isn’t blind. It sees more than meets the eye. It sees beyond to the heart. And a heart that is loved creates a life that is beautiful.

An Unseen Love

I Believe …

that you are strong

For within you lies an inner strength

That perhaps you have not yet seen … But it is there

I Believe …

that you are beautiful

For everything that lives and breathes has beauty

That reflects the beauty of an unseen love

I Believe …

that you are loved

Cherished and treasured

Beyond things that you can see and touch and feel

Beyond everything around you that looks so real

I Believe …

that you don’t have to be good enough

Or strong enough

Or brave or loving or lovely

Sometimes you just have to

Believe …

In Love, in purpose, in hope

For beyond this life, Love is the one thing that never dies

And if it’s in your heart, you can

Believe …

in what Love sees in you

Someone cherished, loved, and understood

Who you truly are inside — beautiful

The Most Beautiful Women on the Planet

Earlier this month, I shared a link on this blog to a video titled “Real Beauty Sketches.” If you haven’t watched it yet, please do before watching this next clip, which is along the same lines, titled, “Mothers & Daughters – You Are Beautiful.”

I’d venture to say that many mothers are so busy with all that being a mom entails that they don’t spend much time “beautifying” themselves. As such, they probably don’t feel beautiful very often.

But they are. Because they love their children. And love always makes us beautiful. My mom is one of the most beautiful women on the planet. She never wears makeup but she’s always smiling. She never styles her hair but always wears it in one long braid. And she’s beautiful.

Tell your mom she’s beautiful today.

And tell yourself that too.

Because love makes us beautiful.

And you are loved.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1).

More Beautiful?

“There could never be a more beautiful you”

Watch the video by Johnny Diaz

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

Little girl twenty one the things that you’ve already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you’ve got a man but He’s got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead

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

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, more beautiful you

So turn around you’re not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It’s not too late, you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear, they can all be washed away

By the one who’s strong, can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry, all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
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

That there could never be a more beautiful you

Johnn Diaz – “More Beautiful You”