Easier said than done isn’t it?
To just know without a doubt in your mind that you are beautiful? Without flaw? Perfectly created in the flawless image of the Creator?
Those things are most definitely true, but if we are honest with ourselves, we struggle to believe them with each passing moment of each and every day.
I will be honest with all of you.
Yesterday, I was confidently living in my own skin and bee-bopping around all day basking in God’s creation that was me. I was pointing out all of the things I love about myself and praising the Lord for them. Which by the way, I totally suggest you try that out. As women, we are taught to stay silent about what we love about our outer appearance and instead just point out all the things we hate. I think it stems from a poor attempt to be “a humble christian woman” but instead, it turns into self deprecation and that is not honoring to the Lord.
Anyways, I woke up this morning and looked in the mirror only to find to my horror….a big old zit on my chin. I gasped and began to freak out slightly. Immediately, I reached for the concealed and tried to cover it up to no avail. I left the bathroom feeling so discouraged and insecure. It is amazing how quickly our confidence can stolen from us just from one small imperfection.
It’s almost as if society has brain washed us to think that anything less than utter perfection…perfectly tanned, smooth, and blemish-free skin is just unacceptable.
It doesn’t help that social media is the primary way we spend our time and communicate now. As soon as I left the bathroom I hopped on my phone and started browsing Instagram only to find picture after picture of absolutely stunning, but most definitely air-brushed women on my feed when I pressed the “EXPLORE” button on my app. By the way, don’t ever press that button and scroll through those pictures when you aren’t feeling good about yourself. Just don’t.
I stayed in this place of self deprecation and wallowing over the dreaded red mark on my chin for about 30 minutes. Until something clicked. I looked outside and realized it was an absolutely perfectly amazingly beautiful day. I heard the birds chirping on the porch. I poured myself some coffee and took a deep breath.
“You are even more beautiful….”
AHHH, the voice of my Shepard breaks through the all of the lies and rescues me once again.
You see, we have no problem at all looking at nature and God’s creation and calling it good, perfect, and beautiful. We look at the mountains and call them “stunning.” We look at the way the leaves of the trees lightly move with the breeze and call them “majestic.” We look at the roses and the lilies and the daisies and we put them in pretty vases on display for the world to see and we call them “good.”
Why then, do we have such a hard time calling God’s BEST creation (us) good, perfect, holy, flawless, majestic?
I’m sure we all have heard the creation story many times before, but there is one part of it that I think we often skip over. God created all of the animals and the plants and the water and the sky and He called them “good.” Some translations say He was “pleased.” But then He creates human beings- male and females and He calls them “very good” or it says He was “very pleased.”
Sister, you are God’s greatest creation. He is VERY pleased with you. God does not make any mistakes. When we look at ourselves and speak anything negative over our bodies…we are outright saying, “God you are wrong. This is NOT good.”
I just imagine God’s heart breaking a little every time we say bad thing about ourselves. I imagine tears filling His eyes and Him just looking at us saying, “I spent so much time on you. I wove you together in your mother’s womb. You are intentionally made in MY IMAGE.”
That will give you a heart-check.
Once again, I am never here to condemn you, because I am just as guilty. Maybe for you, it isn’t zits that make you feel insecure. Maybe for you, its your weight, or your frizzy hair, or maybe its those stretch marks from sacrificing your body for the good of a little baby. Whatever it is today, I just know that God is calling us to live better. He is calling us to live higher.
God is calling us to live as captivating women who know we are beautiful and good simply because God calls us “very good.” We do not have to strive or improve ourselves anymore. He looks at you in this very moment and calls you good and you will always be good and you can never do anything to change that. So you gained ten pounds recently? God looks at you and calls you beautiful. You have a breakout today? Still beautiful.
Rest in this truth today.
Look at yourself in the mirror and begin to praise the Lord for all He has created. Tell Him He did a good job. Tell Him He’s the best artist and that His creation is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen.
Because He is, and you are.
Be captivating. Today and everyday.