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A Guest Blog Entry by FrappuccinoFangirl

“Pretty Hurts” Sung by Beyoncé

Mama said, you're a pretty girl

What's in your head it doesn't matter

Brush your hair, fix your teeth

What you wear is all that matters

Just another stage

Pageant the pain away

This time I'm gonna take the crown

Without falling down, down

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Perfection is the disease of a nation

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Tryna fix something

But you can't fix what you can't see

It's the soul that needs the surgery

Blonder hair, flat chest

TV says bigger is better

South beach, sugar free

Vogue says

Thinner is better

Just another stage

Pageant the pain away

This time I'm gonna take the crown

Without falling down, down, down

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Perfection is the disease of a nation

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Tryna fix something

But you can't fix what you can't see

It's the soul that needs the surgery

Ain't no doctor or therapeutic that can take the pain away

The pain's inside

And nobody frees you from your body

It's the soul that needs surgery

It's my soul that needs surgery

Plastic smiles and denial can only take you so far

And you break when the paper signs you in the dark

You left a shattered mirror

And the shards of a beautiful girl

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Perfection is the disease of a nation

Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Tryna fix something

But you can't fix what you can't see

It's the soul that needs the surgery

When you're alone all by yourself

And you're lying in your bed

Reflection stares right into you

Are you happy with yourself

It's just a way to masquerade

The illusion has been shed

Are you happy with yourself

Are you happy with yourself

Yes

I’m sure many of you have heard this song, and I’m sure some of you haven’t. Whether or not you have or not the message is clear: pretty hurts. However, in Christ we know that we, “Have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:10) In case you have forgotten, we were made in God’s image. God’s image. When I was younger, I thought that was pretty cool; now that I’m slightly more mature, I truly understand what that is saying. Now that I’ve been in this world for a while, sometimes I don’t even believe it. How could I, Mary Isabella Fraraccio, be made in the image of any god? Is He blind? No, because, “Jesus said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see…’” (John 9:39) Does he know what I’ve done? I guess so because Psalm 139:1 says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” If I know God, and He knows me, how can He say He made me in His image?

Sia Furler (the main writer of this song) explained it all, clear and concise. It’s funny how everything comes back to God. Let’s take a moment to compare the words in this song to some things God as said through his word:

“Mama said, you're a pretty girl

What's in your head it doesn't matter

Brush your hair, fix your teeth

What you wear is all that matters”

                                Vs.

“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…” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

“Just another stage

Pageant the pain away

This time I'm gonna take the crown

Without falling down, down”
Vs.

“For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble…..But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:16, 19)

“Pretty hurts

Shine the light on whatever's worse

Perfection is the disease of a nation”

Vs.

“For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena.” (I Cor. 5:3)

 ““If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”” (John 16:18-19)

“for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23)

“Tryna fix something

But you can't fix what you can't see

It's the soul that needs the surgery”

Vs.

“On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’’’ (Matt. 9:35)

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:17)

“Blonder hair, flat chest

TV says bigger is better

South beach, sugar free

Vogue says

Thinner is better”

Vs.

“Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly…. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.” (2 Timothy 2: 16,23)

“Ain't no doctor or therapeutic that can take the pain away

The pain's inside

And nobody frees you from your body

It's the soul that needs surgery”

Vs.

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”” (Matt. 11:28)

““Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”” (John 8:32)

“And you break when the paper signs you in the dark

You’re left a shattered mirror

And the shards of a beautiful girl”

  Vs.

“What the wicked dread will overtake them…” (Proverbs 10:24)

“And by that will, we have been made whole through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Hebrews 10:10)

“When you're alone all by yourself

And you're lying in your bed

Reflection stares right into you

Are you happy with yourself

It's just a way to masquerade

The illusion has been shed

Are you happy with yourself

Are you happy with yourself

Yes”

Vs.

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom…” (Matt 27:51)

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.” (Psalm 139:13-15)


 


Comments

Tasha
10/27/2014 9:14am

Excellent comparison Izzy.

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Frappuccino Fangirl
11/02/2014 5:10pm

Thx!

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This song is really best source to get enjoyment and happiness but I truly excited to read this blog post. Before this, I never listen this song another source but now I heard but the message is clear pretty hurts. I sure you focus more time to write this post but I sure this help you to become good writer.

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Such a weird and interesting narration. But I love it! I'm here for more!

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