My girls are eight years old and eighteen months. And they both love it when I paint their nails. This week we put on pink nailpolish with a top coat of sparkles. Abby said she felt so pretty.
I want her to feel like a princess. But I want her to feel like a true princess.
I don’t want her worth to come from pink sparkles, beautiful dresses, high heels, spirals of curls, and honey coated words.
If those make her feel pretty, I know that she will fall into the same pitfall that I fell into. Without truly having my identity in Christ, I feel crushed when my world isn’t princess perfect. Without finding my worth in Him, a ratty t-shirt represents my worth. And hair that frizzes and frays simply confirms my squashed confidence.
But getting my worth from Christ changes it all. I may wear a ratty t-shirt, have frizzy hair, and drive a scratched up car, but I am still God’s princess. He gives me all things beautiful and bestows His very best on my life.
And so, when I paint my daughters nails. I pray that she understands that I am not making her pretty. She already is a beautiful princess in God’s sight. It is just nice, sometimes, to bestow those morsels of outward beauty on my child to remind her just how beautiful and treasured she is in the eyes of God.
“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4