The Proverbs 31 movement started several weeks back by Alex Eklund from Baylor University. His video went viral not too long after the Victoria’s Secret show this. I saw it posted by almost everyone I knew on Facebook, and it spread like wildfire. After about a week of seeing it all over my Facebook, I decided to finally watch it. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:
I pondered this idea for a while. I mean, most of us stress the importance of our appearance, right? As much as we try to play it off like we don’t care, we do everything we can to look “just right.” Whether it’s to attract a boy, keep up with the popular girls, or just because we love looking nice, it’s something that is very much a part of being a girl.
Why is that?
This year, I kept hearing mixed reviews on this fashion show. Facebook posts were filled with girls saying how they wish they could look like those girls. Others, including hosts of a top morning show I enjoy listening to, were almost disgusted by the unhealthy way the girls looked.
Maybe it’s things like these shows that put those feelings in our heads—feelings that appearance is so utterly important.
I want to take a quick look at the two types of women so I can see for myself whether I would rather be a Proverbs 31 woman or a Victoria’s Secret model.
Victoria’s Secret Model
I did a little digging (not too much thanks to Google), and I found out what this year’s models did in order to look perfect for this particular show.
Did you know that some of them worked out almost the same amount of time I spend at work each day? That doesn’t sound fun to me at all. Most of them spent 2 or more hours a day working out, and they did this every day!
They all were, of course, on a strict diet. Some diets consisted of liquids only, and one of the most well known models divulged that “for 9 days before a runway show, she consumes only powdered egg-enriched protein shakes, and 12 hours before the show, she stops drinking liquids entirely.”*
Hmmm . . . I’m not feeling it. Let’s look at the other end of the spectrum.
Proverbs 31 Woman
If you’ve never read Proverbs 31, I recommend you take time today to read it and really think about what it’s saying. Don’t take everything so literally. When it says “she makes her own bedspreads” understand that you don’t have to make all of your bedding in order to be this woman. It means she wasn’t lazy, and she used her talents to benefit her family. She did what she knew how to do in order to take care of her family.
My favorite part of this chapter comes from verses 25-27
She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.
I would much rather be clothed with strength and dignity than in 30 lb angel wings strapped to my arms while walking around in my underwear for millions to see.
While I don’t wake up before the sun comes up to make breakfast for my family, I do believe I can continue to strive to be this woman described in these scriptures. It’s such a great goal to shoot for.
Instead of wanting so desperately to look like those models who have spent the majority of their days with personal trainers and having to look at the desserts rather than taste of them, why don’t you consider the woman described in Proverbs 31 and make every effort to be like her?
Do you know what I’ve found out? The more you work at becoming this woman, the more you look so much better than a Victoria’s Secret model to those who look at you. I didn’t believe that until I saw it with my own eyes. It’s true.
Why don’t you take the test: try to be as much like the Proverbs 31 woman as you can, and see if you don’t become more beautiful in the eyes of those around you. Are you willing to take the test?
I’m going to leave you with a video from one of our youth students in response to this movement, Brooks Bigsby: