Also on the theme of true beauty and worth, here’s Bart Miller, the lead singer of MercyMe, sharing why he wrote the song “Beautiful.”
There’s a certain pressure that girls are going to face that I don’t know if guys have to face so much. That’s when the world is telling you how to look, how to act, what to eat, what not to eat, and what you’re supposed to be from a materialistic and physical standpoint. It’s heartbreaking. I can already see it in my six-year-old girl watching TV: “I gotta do this; I gotta have this.”
I’m like, “Are you kidding me? I’m going to get rid of cable.” I’m freaking out. And I know it’s going to get worse as they get older.
The best bit of advice I’ve been given about being a father is that I’m going to have to figure out how to have a louder voice than the rest of the world when it comes to my kids. I tell my kids every day that they’re perfect and that God has an incredible plan for them and remind them that whatever the world says, they are so much more.
This song isn’t a message for only a six year old girl. It’s a message for little girls. It’s a message for 88-year-old men. It relates to every single one of us. Because all of us, at some time in our life, have felt like we’re unlovable. We feel unworthy, that maybe there’s something in our life that we think is so terrible that we could never be everything God desires us to be. We are nothing without Christ and we have an incredible ability to screw things up … but because of the Cross, because of Christ and Christ alone, we have a chance. We have worth. We have value.
That is something far greater than the world may say that we are. … Regardless what the world says, you are still absolutely beautiful in His eyes.