First of all, let us look at what the dictionary has to say about vanity, so that afterwards, we can go through the minefields of this subject that many will defend with their (porcelain) nails and teeth (extremely white due to whitening), and will make an angry face, frowning their eyebrows, (that are tattooed and react before her). 🙂
Vanity: quality of what is vain, empty, founded on an illusionary appearance.
Actually, I think this topic also needs a disclaimer! Lol…
It’s funny how things have changed their name nowadays… Pride is now valuing yourself, lying means avoiding problems, sin is just a little mistake, and now vanity also changed it’s name, now it’s called caring. Normally, when a person is vain, they say they’re someone that likes to “take care of themselves”, and nothing more.
Well, let’s look at what it means to really take care of yourself: General hygiene and maintenance, care with clothing (clean clothes, ironed and in good condition and age and body type appropriate, that reflect a Christian lifestyle etc.), care for the hair, nails, health, etc.
Now, let’s look at the functions of exterior vanity, as there is also an interior one:
Exaggerated teeth whitening, the famous tattooed eyebrows, liposuction, decorated nails that look more like the Cartoon Network, a frozen looking face due to certain toxins, the dependence of makeup to the point of not being able to have a clean face – this is very sad. The daily worry with fashion, the exaggeration of accessories, and even the lack of balance with diets, all of this, and much more is called vanity, whether you like it or not, it’s the truth!
There is a very thin line separating self-care with vanity that is why we have to pay close attention not to cross it, and also not to stay behind and live like an ogre or cavewoman, with the excuse that it’s because she is not vain. But it’s not, right friend? This is called being relaxed!
The influences of TV, magazines, the internet and celebrities have led many to a blindness so great, it plays a ridiculous role in the desire to be more beautiful. They end up losing their natural characteristics, their lightness, curves, curls, their marks that tell stories, and the changes on their face that make them remember how they have lived, overcame and improved as a person. Why fear so much? Why is there so much fear in being a woman with all her phases? Why is there a rejection of what is really there, without layers of foundation and powder? Many are losing themselves in the midst of so much illusion, even though they say they are a woman full of the Holy Spirit, and still vanity has taken the toll and conquered more space in her life.
Could it be that you have been taking care of yourself or have you been vain? Do you only feel “pretty” when you’re all “assembled”, plasticized and full of trinkets? Do you reject yourself when you’re all natural? Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you even more but yes – you are vain! This feeling is not acceptable according to the Word of God, did you know that? So research this according to the Bible and you’ll agree with me, and here we didn’t even talk about the inner vanity, which is a topic for another post. Let’s finish with a reflection in the book of Job.
Let him not trust in futile things, deceiving himself, For futility will be his reward. (Job 15.31)
Anyway… if you value vanity and cannot live without it, that’ll be the only thing you’re left with. Vanity shall be your reward.
By: Bianca Carturani