A Momma’s Response to Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are

The Superbowl featured an entertainer last night. A real entertainer. And Bruno Mars’ last song was one I think is almost the right message for girls. My age. Younger. Older. 

His chorus says, “Girl, you’re amazing just the way you are.”

He’s talking about her beauty. Her smile. How her hair falls just the right way. 

Even if she doesn’t believe the guy, she’s beautiful. And amazing. But it’s about beauty. To a man. 

I think it’s a very powerful, positive message. But there’s more to a woman being amazing.

We are beautiful just the way God made us. Smart. Capable. Tender. Strong. 

We are to be loved just the way we are.

But ladies, we’re called to be more than beautiful and to have more than a smile “that stops the world for a while.”

And our girls need to know that. That they’re more than just beautiful on the outside. 

I know this message has been preached, but it’s one worth repeating. 

Our girls are in trouble. 

I don’t know about you, but when I was about 8 years old, my body began changing. My occupations also began changing.

I wasn’t worried about riding my bike better. I was worried about looking better. 

I was worried about the pot belly I had underneath my school uniform. 

I was worried that no boy would ever think I was pretty. My teeth were crooked. My nose was too big. 

Where did all this insecurity come from?

It came from this world that Mr. Mars says will stop when we smile. 

I don’t want to sound skeptical of his positive message, but does it really? 

I want the world to stop for my girl. But not because of her outward beauty, but for her courage to love God. For her incredible sense of humor. For her inquisitive nature. For her real love for other people.

I want her to love herself enough to not believe the world’s untruths about outward beauty. 

God’s word says in Psalm 139:14 (NKJV): 

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. 

I want my daughter to know she is a work of God. A beautiful, one-of-a-kind gem who deserves love and respect for everything she is. 

Not just her smile. Or the way her hair falls. 

What are you doing to show your girls that level of beautiful and amazing? 

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