Wednesday, May 11, 2011

born this way

I was getting caught up on my glee this week. (I know trashy, yet so addictive!) Tonight I watched episode 18 from season 2, “Born This Way” and absolutely loved it.  The show definitely captured this struggle I have been trying to work through.

On one hand, we have Rachel who is considering getting a nose job because she thinks it will make her more attractive and a better singer. 

On the other hand, we have Quinn, who we discover used to be an overweight, acne-prone middle schooler with a large nose.

The show posed a very difficult question, “When is it okay to want to change something about yourself?”

It is obviously not okay for Rachel to get a nose job, right?  God made her that way.  Yet, it is okay for Quinn to join the dance team, lose weight and start using Proactive. God made her that way, too.

When asked why she made the transformation, Quinn said it wasn’t because she hated herself.  It was because she loved herself.

Rachel wanted a nose job because she hated herself.  Quinn wanted to lose weight because she wanted to take care of herself.  Maybe motive has a lot to do with it.

At the end of the episode, the cast performed Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.  They all wore shirts with words describing the one thing they wanted to change about themselves, but also the one thing that made them unique.  It was their way of saying, “I’m beautiful in my way, ‘cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track baby.  I was born this way!”

Here is my shirt:

Though my build guarantees I will never fit into size 2 jeans, there is something beautiful about muscled legs, right?

I will proclaim the name of the LORD; how glorious is our God! He is the Rock; His deeds are perfect.  Everything He does is just and fair.  He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright He is!

~Deuteronomy 32:3-4

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