The African-American Woman
Goal: To give an audience of African-American women a biblical understanding of beauty and an appreciation for their own beauty.
1. What African-American Women Have Been Told
2. Our society often says African-American Women are Not Beautiful
3. In response, they try to alter their appearances
African-American women do this by using:
The Heart of the Matter
Are you buying into a wrong standard for beauty?
Self-Image is the Issue
Psychologists say we all have three basic emotional needs:
Lets examine all three:
1. Love and Acceptance
Belonging is what a person feels when you know you are loved unconditionally, just as we are.
For so long, African-American women have been told that there was something wrong with them, both mentally and physically. However, you usually dont realize that the message has come from an imperfect world that does not always tell the truth, nor does it always know the truth.
2. A Sense of Worthiness
This is a sense of being acceptable to others. You live in a world where the standards of beauty change almost daily. Magazines say go for the natural look while the TV says , " maybe its Maybeline."
3. Adequacy and Competence
You need to feel like you understand or are knowledgeable.
As African-American women, you need to realize that you have our own minds to think with and use. You also have a say about what is or isnt beautiful. Just because your idea of beauty is different, it doesnt make it wrong or ugly. And, you dont have to believe the worlds lies.
Finding the Truth
Who has the truth?
God is the potter and we are His creation. Who but the Maker can say whether or not His work is good or bad? He clearly says it is good.
The decision is up to us: Will we believe the Maker?