this is a man's world {on shining a light}

Sugar and spice and everything nice, that's what little girls are made of, right?

But what makes a woman?  A cursory glace at any newsstand or television reveals our cultural value quite clearly:

Sexual availability and impossible beauty are two sides of the same losing coin.

They're lies, of course, promising everything and delivering shame, depression and disorder.

We are not our weight, faces or bodies.  We are not defined by our sexuality.

We are not the object in a story told by a man.

Scripture tells another Story, in which our value comes from being created in the image of God.

Each of us.  All of us.

{Even if you can't believe it yet.}

We are strong and thoughtful.  Kind and wise.  Passionate and funny and sexy in ways that can't be commodified.

We are created in the image of a creative God to reflect his glory and goodness and creativity in ways that are unique.  In ways this world thirsts for.

Our daughters need us to realize our identity as image-bearers of God.  Our sons need it, too.  God knows Hollywood, Congress and the Church are crying out for transformation--even if they don't know it yet.

Expose the glossy lies for what they are.  Where Light shines, shadows flee.

Inspired by this trailer for the documentary Miss Representation.  If it doesn't light a fire in you, you might be dead inside.

We all need to become more critical of the media messages we consume daily--and those fed to our children.

So, who wants to host a community screening?

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