You are beautiful.
What makes you beautiful? It’s definitely not how much you work-out, not your six-pack or lack of one, not the number on the scale. You are beautiful because you were lovingly molded and formed in the image of God. I guarantee you that this post is not going to tell you how strong you are and how you can love yourself if you try. On the contrary, it’s going to tell you how weak you are, and what a loving Savior did to solve that.
In this “skinny is perfect” crazed world, we, especially as females, are violently pulled into the lie of “you’re not good enough.” We feed ourselves lies like,
“You’re too fat.”
“You need to be under 120 pounds.”
“You must have a flat stomach to be beautiful.”
It’s like a competition to see who’s the fittest, the healthiest, or the “strongest”. The girl who eats a bowl of ice-cream instead of an apple for “dessert” is seen as inferior to the girl who chooses the healthy snack and watches calories. I’m not saying that eating healthy is bad. Having self-control is great! I’m just trying to point out that it’s ok to have a bowl of ice-cream sometimes! Food is meant to enjoy. Not to pig out and misuse, but to genuinely savor. As they say, “everything in moderation.” This concept is so warped that girls start “watching their weight” by the time they’re 10!
Self-image is a very sensitive thing. It’s hard to avoid one extreme of low self-worth, and another of selfish vanity. Mulling over this subject this week, I’ve come to this conclusion: we need to 100% forget about ourselves and our “self-image” and begin thinking about where our worth really comes from. We were made in God’s image, right? So why not have a “God-image” rather than a vain self-image?
Have you ever met one of those people who gets more and more beautiful the better you get to know them? It’s a weird phenomenon, but also genuinely incredible. This summer, I met a young lady who is so in love with the Lord that it just radiates from her. At first glance, I judged her to be a pretty girl. But as I talked to her and got to know her better, she became more and more beautiful physically to me as I realized the level of her inner beauty. That’s God- image. There’s nothing more attractive than a girl who is so unaware of her beauty because she’s so lost in God that she couldn’t care less.
Check out this song from a favorite artist of mine, Mandisa:
This is what it’s all about! Let the whole world see your true beauty, friends, because that is what really matters! Stop obsessing about your weight, your body, and your self-image. Let’s all get some God-image and show the world our real beauty, given to us by Christ and rooted in a love for Him that is only possible because of His love for us. How do we show the world our true beauty? Here is some practical examples:
- This week, every time you look in the mirror and are tempted to criticize yourself, purposefully re-direct your chain of thought toward God’s love for you. Pray for a friend who’s struggling. Thank God for your life and the amazing way that your body works. Use a dry-erase marker to decorate your mirror in Bible verses that you’ve been meaning to memorize. Do whatever it takes to get your mind off yourself and onto your adoring Abba God.
- Perform an unexpected act of kindness for someone in your life. Whether it be your mom, neighbor, little sister, or the new girl at school, surprise someone- show them your true beauty.
- Tell another girl how beautiful she is. Who knows, it may turn into an opportunity to tell someone about Jesus!
- Smile. Smile at the crabby old man in front of you in the checkout line, smile at the mom with young kids who is in dire need of a nap, smile at the mailman, the teenager at the McDonalds drive-thru, and the janitor at school. A simple smile can go such a long way for a person who is having a rough day. Use that outward expression of compassion and joy to show the beautiful thing that God is doing in your heart.
Remember, we are crafted by Christ. Why not act like we believe it?