I walked past this Barbie, and had to think, “Get a ReaLitY cHeCk!” I’m not talking to myself here and I’m certainly not talking to you, but rather those responsible for selling us this bill of goods – the media, pop culture, Hollywood, and anyone else wanting us to believe the insidious lie that we need to look this perfect.
To PuT it iN pErSpEcTive, consider this: Could you look like this Barbie (or the picture perfect celebrities we see gracing the covers of magazines in the grocery store checkout isles) if:
You had a full-time hairdresser and makeup artist getting you ready every day? Well, “Maybe.” You say, but I’m _____ pounds overweight, so “Maybe not.” I’m glad you brought that up because I failed to mention that you also have a personal trainer who monitors your daily exercise, weight, etc. They even make house calls. Exercise not producing the desired results? Plastic surgery isn’t just an option; it’s a WaY of LiFe for you, Baby!
You’re thinking that you’re getting closer, but still there’s the issue of eating right. Not to worry, because you also have aT yOuR diSpoSaL a dietitian who will carefully plan your meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner, so that you know you are eating the right amounts of protein, carbs, and fats. I can hear you saying, “That’s all well and good, but I get home from work exhausted, needing to cook dinner, my kids have activities and homework, I have to pay the bills, pick up the house, schedule appointments, and shop for groceries.” Not to worry, because although you may work hard, you have a chef, a nanny, a personal assistant, a chauffeur, a manager, as well as someone who shops for you, pays the bills for you, cleans for you, picks up your messes, and yes, eVeN tHinKs fOr yoU.
Now before anyone gets upset thinking I’m blasting these women who live this life, understand that my criticism is targeted not at them or their lifestyle, but rather at the ImPosSibLe and uNreAlisTic sTanDaRd that is projected on women by society. If you have acquired these kinds of resources, use them for God’s glory and thank God for them.
However, most women do not have the resources that these extremely affluent women have. Instead, they dO tHe BeSt they can with what they have. This is their reality. They are married, single, divorced, widowed, with children, without children. Women who cook, clean, pay the bills, deal with financial pressures, grocery shop, wipe snotty noses, cart kids around, make appointments, and manage all the other affairs of their household. Its no wonder that they have little if any time to think about themselves.
This reminds me of the ProVerbs 31 Woman. If you get a chance today, I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it. You may see yourself on these pages. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=proverbs%2031&version=NIV
But notice how the standard is not perfection and outward beauty. Verse 30 says it all:
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
What a breath of FrEsH AiR! Finally a standard that is actually possible to attain!!