So yesterday I kinda forgot it was Wednesday and missed my weekly WW post – oopsies. But that’s ok because today I want to share a Thursday Tune with you that isn’t a worship song.
I first heard this song back in the middle of May when we went to see my big baby bird perform in her end of year showcase with Vibe Academy. I’d never actually been to any of Evie’s classes because her auntie takes her an afternoon that I’m in work so I didn’t really know what to expect. Within 30 seconds of the show starting my eyes filled with tears and I was completely overwhelmed by how fantastic this dance school was. Their motto…
Instilling character and confidence into the lives of young people through dance, encouraging them to be true to themselves and passionate about their talents.
It wasn’t even Evie’s group that were dancing first! I had wee baby bird on my knee and luckily it was pitch black so I managed to hide my tears so no one thought I’d lost the plot.
As a kid I remember “auditioning” for P.E. squads, dance groups and sports teams – only the best got a spot. And while I wouldn’t say it upset me or impacted me much if I wasn’t picked, looking back it could have really affected some kids to tell them they weren’t good enough to be involved. But that’s not the Vibe Academy approach – each dance group had kids of all shapes, sizes and abilities. It really touched me that every single one of those kids had the spotlight on them, no one “put Baby in the corner” (sorry, Dirty Dancing reference) and they loved every second of it!
The showcase included all of the different age ranges from the Lurgan and Belfast classes and towards the end some of the older kids danced to this song I want to share today. My eyes filled up again watching the teenagers dance to this beautiful track with such a strong message.
Since May I’ve wondered what the song was and who sang it. Then last week when I was out for one of my walks it came on my random Spotify daily mix…
You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are
And you don’t have to change a thing
Wow! My biggest concern for my girls as they grow up is this world’s obsession with a completely unachievable image of what women should look like. Magazines, TV and social media are constantly throwing photos of celebs at us who have spent thousands of pounds to look how they do or who pay people to photo shop the paparazzi snaps to make sure they look a certain way so that the world loves them. As a kid I was bullied for my appearance – some of the boys in my year at school even had a nickname for me! (I’m not ready to share that one with you just yet) So I speak with experience when I say it’s not nice to be judged by our appearance, but in life it does happen.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could stop it from happening?! I’m a realist – we can’t wipe it out overnight but we can take baby steps and have an impact on our family, ministry, youth groups, dance classes etc. By preparing kids, the way my parents did – to help them have confidence in themselves and realise the true meaning of being beautiful, on the inside. Because ultimately our Constant Friend has no interest in how we look on the outside – he only cares about the state of our heart..
“Let your true beauty come from your inner personality, not a focus on the external. For lasting beauty comes from a gentle and peaceful spirit, which is precious in God’s sight and is much more important than the outward adornment of elaborate hair, jewelry, and fine clothes.”
1 Peter 3:3-4 TPT
Don’t get me wrong, we should look after our bodies (good hygiene is important) and it’s lovely to get dolled up once in a while and put a nice dress on for a special occasion but it shouldn’t be our focus and priority. As the Word says, lasting beauty is more than slapping on some make up, sticking some product in your hair and getting that latest trendy treatment to impress the World!
Let’s teach our kids (and remind ourselves) that we are all loved unconditionally and to focus on having kind hearts and beautiful spirits first and foremost.