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What Are You Worth?

I am constantly fascinated by the ever-evolving cosmetics scene. Have you seen the latest from L’Oreal? This product promises that I’ll be picture-perfect and camera-ready within seconds of application. What’s not to love? Finally, I’ll be able to post a profile picture I can be proud of.

Social media has become an increasingly significant part of our world today. But what effect is that having on the way we view ourselves? With the creeping pressure to constantly manicure our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles, are we at risk of becoming slaves to our media image? With the abundance of social media platforms, it seems all too easy to be drawn into the game of marketing our lifestyles to the ever-hungry digital public.

So what drives us?

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The incentive for buying your next beauty product- well, you’re worth it, of course. Funny that, I thought I was worth more than the £13.33 price tag and the guilt-trip to Boots. Someone once told me that I was worth a whole lot more than that.

A life lived based on God’s perception of me helps me to daily appreciate my worth. Even though adverts, films, television programmes and magazines often influence the way I feel about myself, God’s view of me is always constant: I’m His precious and unique daughter. That’s why I love this verse in the bible:

‘He… did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?’ (Romans 8:32).

This confirms to me that God wants me to feel fulfilled and worthy, even when everyone else is trying to tell me something different.

In the words of Saachi Sen, ‘I’m lost in a world of super beautiful girls and the music that just won’t play’. The message too often seems to be: there’s no point being yourself, it’s just not good enough. It’s easy to feel lost in a crowd, and even easier to believe that everyone else around you has a lifestyle of impossible grace and style. So I may as well just apply for a new credit card and get in line, right? But if I’m just a consumer of beauty products and fashion must-haves, then who am I when the cash registers stop ringing?

Jesus knows how tempting it is to feel insignificant, but reassures us:

‘Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows’ (Luke 12:6-8).

What are you worth?

That’s entirely up to you.

 

Words by Sabrina Dougall

Photography by Rog Walker