If someone asked you to describe the perfect woman, what would you say?
In 1912, a doctor at Cornell University set out to find the perfect woman. He concluded that Elsie Scheel fit the description. The New York Times described her as a “light-haired, blue-eyed girl whose very presence bespeaks perfect health.” She loved to eat “Beefsteaks,” was 5’7” tall and weighed 171 pounds. (by the way, those are similar proportions to the famous Greek statue—“Venus de Milo”)
Clearly, time changes things. Over the years, society’s definition of the perfect woman has changed. Our fashion magazines are not out combing the streets looking for a 5’7” girl eating beefsteaks to anoint as 2013’s perfect woman. However, ultimately and not-surprisingly, society does not do a good job of defining the perfect woman. And, even if the popular opinion did describe the perfect woman, the description would be constantly rotating and evolving.
The Bible does give a time-proven description of a perfect woman …it says,
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”(1 Peter 3)
So, as you think about it ladies, remember that your real value is inward and not simply outward, regardless of what society says.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D