“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” At least, that’s what we’re told, right? But, what if the beholder in the mirror doesn’t agree? It is then that you make your choice: listen to the voices inside your head that scream for change, or listen to God, your Creator, who fashioned you just the way He wanted.
I was a happy kid, growing up in a Christian home where love was more than in abundance. Emotionally, I wanted for nothing, and spiritually, I was on solid ground. Despite all this, buried under my contagious smile, was a young lady who hated her appearance and desperately wanted to be someone else. It wasn’t until I was in college that I finally came to terms with my self-image issues.
Why do I bring this up? To give you hope that freedom from the vicious cycle of self-aversion is possible. After years of hiding my true feelings for myself and through a book I read by Michelle Graham called, Wanting to Be Her, God convicted me of this sin. Sin you say? Yep! Sin. In all its entangling bondage.
It turns out that all throughout the Bible, there are verses that speak specifically to how God feels about us. About you. About me. For the first time in my life, I began to read those verses through new lenses. No longer were those words written for everyone else in the world other than me; they were written for me. For you.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword (NASB).” God convicted me for the attitude in my heart that said I’m not good enough because I don’t look like her. The truth is, I don’t look like her! And that’s a good thing! Creator God made me unique, special, and on purpose.
The words of David in Psalm 139 speak of the intricacy and intentionality of God in the moment that He created each one of us: “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb…You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book (Psalm 139: 13, 15-16a NLT).” Now, that’s dedication! The Creator of the universe created me with such detail, such purpose, such love. He created you that way, too.
If the words of King David have no effect on the mirror you are looking in, then you have got the wrong perspective. Begin to ask God to help you see yourself as He sees you. He created you on purpose: for His glory and His pleasure. Our lifetime is meant to be lived for God, in reckless abandon of our opinion of ourselves, in exchange for His. When you live your life in that perspective, all other lenses can only perceive shadows.
~ Miss Q
A note from Miss Kristen: I’m so excited to have my colleague and friend Miss Christin Quercia contributing to Think True Thoughts! I’ve created a new category called “From Q to U” where you can find her posts.