I just came from an amazing women's conference entitled, Inner Strength Inner Beauty. I am always encouraged when I am in the midst of a large group of women assembled together. There is power when women come together on one accord and share our experiences, testimonies and stories of survival. I imagine God looks at his precious jewels, his darling daughters, and is pleased with his handiwork. Like bountiful flowers blooming in a wide field, no fragrance is sweeter. Their uniqueness and diversity make them diamonds shining bright--various shapes, sizes, ethnicities, adornments, experiences and stories of survival.
Perhaps that is where we go wrong; many of us no longer seek the beauty of one another beyond the external. We quickly size one another up based on perceptions we have based solely on the outside appearance. Many women can attest to past experiences with acquaintances, lovers or even family members who preferred this one over that one or highlighted their inabilities. Flash forward to adulthood and there are still those who perpetuate this nonsense.
Really? How can you look at God's creation and say this one is better than that one because of her complexion, hair texture, size or social status? Is this not the same limited, one dimensional and barbaric way of thinking that enabled slavery and the Holocaust? Hurt people hurt people and make it necessary to ask, "whose voice do you listen to"? What does that voice say to you? What words resonate the most in the spirit of your soul?
Be careful whose voice you listen to; that voice will be the foundation on which your life, vision and purpose are built. If the voice speaks anything other than beauty, courage, strength, empowerment, kindness, purpose, spirituality, warmth, love--silence it IMMEDIATELY!