When I look at myself in the mirror, I don’t like what I see. My hair isn’t wavy enough, my makeup isn’t right, and I just feel like I could lose a few pounds. I may look like I have it together, but I don’t. I’ve got insecurities like you wouldn’t believe. My husband reminds me every day that I’m gorgeous and that makes me smile.
Why am I so hard on myself? Maybe it is all the magazines I see in the checkout line with “HOW TO LOSE 12 LBS” in large print. It could be all the fad diets I hear about. All these things I see and hear have underlying messages (i.e. too fat, too small, too wide, and too tall). These things aren’t from God.
This is what God says:
- “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” –Genesis 1:27, ESV
- God made us how He wanted to; He created us and that’s enough.
- “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” –Ephesians 2:10, NLT
- So, I’m a work of art?? Yes! I am God’s masterpiece and I am one of a kind; I don’t need to change a thing. I struggle with wanting to change so much about myself that I forget Who made me.
- “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.” –Psalm 139:13-16, ESV
- God formed every single part of me. He shaped me and put me together. This is me.
Even with all of my insecurities, God loves me just the way I am. It is hard to believe, but it’s true. I’m a work of art just like the sunrise and sunset. I am loved and I have purpose.
I’ve got a husband that adores me and two dogs that give me sweet kisses when I get home. Why would I change because of some article in a magazine? I am enough.
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