Meghan Trainor

by Adam Holz

Meghan Trainor first rose to fame in 2014 with the song “All About That Bass.” Despite some inappropriate lyrics, its theme focused on appreciating your body, no matter the shape or size. “’Cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top,” Meghan sings. We should all find beauty in our God-given bodies, without comparing ourselves to the images in magazines or movies.

Meghan continues to address this self-appreciation theme in her new single, “Treat Myself,” saying, “I love all of me.” On “No Excuses,” she confronts a guy who tries to treat her badly. At its best, Meghan’s music encourages listeners to be confident and courageous. She also sings about the importance of marriage, family and parents.

Unfortunately, her lyrics get messy. Meghan curses on the first word of “Treat Myself.” Bad language slips into other songs too. Meghan sings about kissing, romantic relationships and drinking in clubs. Sometimes her self-confidence goes too far, sounding just plain self-centered.

That’s the biggest challenge with Meghan Trainor. In celebrating herself, sometimes the party goes to places that we shouldn’t follow. Remember to keep this in mind when her third album, Treat Yourself, drops in January.

“You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.” —Psalm 139:13-14

At times, we all struggle with part of who we are. Maybe we think that our nose is oddly shaped. Or maybe our voice sounds funny. Maybe our teeth need braces. Or something else is just... different. In those moments, we can feel very alone. We might think: I’m no good. I don’t fit in.

Did you know that God “handcrafted” you to be exactly who you are? In Psalm 139, David talks about God’s amazing creation. Before we were born, He was forming us. Shaping us. Giving each of us the unique bodies and features and personalities that we have. David rejoices, “I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.” That is the basis of true self-confidence, knowing that God loves us completely and deeply, just as we are—and just as He created us.

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