The Price of Vanity

I’m a huge fan of Lecrae and Andy Mineo. If you haven’t heard of them they are all-star Jesus-lovin’ rappers with Gospel-soaked lyrics. On Lecrae’s new mixtape, Andy shows up on this one song called “Price of Life.” The song hits me so hard because of its challenge to women to not get so caught up in our image and in winning the approval of the world.

Oftentimes we attach our value to flesh, rather than to spirit. We see the ads. We compare ourselves to other women. We fight and we strive to look our best because society tells us that’s where our worth is and that’s what women are good for. But beauty will one day pass away. And like the song says, there’s much more to life than living for the things that we’re leaving.

A few lines that stand out to me are:

“God, what’s the reason you made me?”
Maybe it ain’t to be physically attractive just so you can trap and capture
A man and be superficially happy. Nah, you’re worth more than that.

I wanted the girl that was super official
I found my standard superficial

I know some girls that’s faster than T3ch Nine
Self esteem as low as they neck-line
‘Cause they don’t know whose image they reflect, went to bed to find love, woke up with regrets

Back in the day we were fearfully and wonderfully made. God knit us together and knows every part of us.

Where does our beauty come from?

Jesus.

We don’t need to strive to be something we’re not.
When we messed our lives up he made us new. He washed us clean.
He redeemed us with his blood. He made beauty out of ashes.

Your worth isn’t in your body. It’s in your spirit. It’s in Christ.

You can listen to the song here.
Or read the lyrics here.

Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
– 1 Peter 3:3-4

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