I’ve never read the book Backwards Beauty, but the short videos are pretty funny.
The author of Backwards Beauty, Jessie Minassian, takes a satirical approach to showing girls, “You have a beauty the world doesn’t understand.” After listening to her interview a few years ago on Focus on the Family, I came to appreciate her “completely illogical” approach to to teaching girls to view themselves through God’s eyes. She gives her readers “10 steps to feel your worst!”
Is there anyone who doesn’t feel stressed? Hanna-Barbera told us that life would be so much easier in the 2000s when we would live like the Jetsons with robots, home computers, teleconferencing, and movies on our watches.
“Criminals should be punished, not fed pastries.”
– Lemony Snicket
It’s human nature; we want people to get their just deserts (not just desserts). We want them to feel the negative effects of their misdeeds. We want them to suffer for their actions. We want them to pay.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Retaliatory
In July, I listened to the Esperanza Rising audiobook. After I finished the short novel (it only took a few hours on 1.2 speed), I realized a slight (but natural) biblical connection to Job.
Like Job, Esperanza loses everything dear. Due to no misdeed of her own, she moves from a mansion to a horse stall. She transitions from being the served to being the servant. Through the mountains and valleys, she learns that “the rich person is richer when he becomes poor than the poor person when he becomes rich.”
“Es más rico el rico cuando empobrece que el pobre cuando enriquece.
― Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
You see, salvation does not lead to automatic wealth. In fact, Christ himself was poor, and many of his followers were lower-class (We’re talking about shepherds, fishermen, and lepers). We cannot expect Christianity to bring us earthly prosperity, but a relationship with God builds eternal wealth. When we are poor, we realize our need for the God who owns “the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10).
Ten Verses for When You Feel Poor
I like to think that I am still a “youngin’,” but every time I see new students arrive on campus, I feel a little bit older. Then I go to the gym and share the pool with the water aerobics class, and I realize that my day is coming.
Today’s verses give me hope that God will be faithful throughout my entire life, no matter how long (or short) that may be.
Ten Verses for When You Feel Old
1. I John 2:17
And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
2. Psalm 37:25
I am indecisive. At least, I think I am indecisive. Most likely, I am indecisive. I really can’t decide. Am I indecisive?
I know that my indecisive tendencies are based on fear; I don’t want to make a misguided decision. Thankfully, God gives us clear directions. He doesn’t leave us to wander and wonder.
I don’t claim to be a psychologist or counselor, but I do think that my generation is plagued with loneliness. Through social media, we have constant access to friends, family, and strangers. Yet, we feel that no one truly knows us.
This graph pretty much sums us up: