You ARE Beautiful
My husband and I teach a group of young people and have for the past 7 years. Each year when we ask what topics the young ladies and gentlemen would like to cover, one topic resurfaces time and again…especially among the girls.
Not dating, not sex, not drugs or alcohol, but self image.
And it struck a thought in me. Perhaps this one thing is the thing that could result in all of those other things not becoming an issue. Perhaps many of our issues are just plain wrapped up in self image. However, why is this one thing so doggone difficult for us all to accept? A good self image? Why most days as women (and sometimes men) do we feel like wearing a bag over our head? Those darned commercials of leggy gorgeous models are about enough to do us in!
I believe the bottom line is, as always, the struggle between flesh and spiritualism.
We continually fight our flesh for what the world thinks of us instead of what God thinks of us, and therein lies the root of the problem.
Let’s read a few verses about what God thinks about us.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. (Psalm 139:13-14)
God put you together long ago. And he made you wonderfully complex. God’s workmanship can be nothing less than perfect. I mean, come on! He’s GOD. He created everything, from each earthy blade of grass to the towering mountains to the vast oceans. Yet, when He made you in your Mother’s body, He was carefully crafting you with intentions of you becoming something.
What did he intend you to be? Let’s move on.
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, emphasis mine)
Do you see this? God made you a masterpiece. What is a masterpiece considered to be? The dictionary defines this word as “A master’s greatest work of art”. So that in turn asks…what is “art” define as…LOOK at this!
“The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”
This is the way God created you. He thought you beautiful, appealing and better than ordinary…and you know what?
No matter where life has taken you, no matter what you’ve done…good or bad..God never changes. We may not be leggy, tall and gorgeous either, but you know what?
He STILL thinks of you as beautiful and appealing. He still has intentions to use you in beautiful ways and to make your life rich.
So today, if you’re looking at yourself from the world’s standpoint, maybe you need to re read these verses and think of yourself in terms of you your creator, who finds you precious, wonderful and the greatest work of art He’s ever completed.
Find yourself beautiful in God.
Whatever your beliefs, we thank you for visiting our Christian Blog!
Katie and her Mr. Wonderful enjoy working with youth, cooking, boating and hanging out with their six kids, one granddaughter and houseful of animals. Katie also writes the blog Dishin and Dishes, where she “dishes” about all things food. Katie also hosts a cooking/restaurant review segment on the local Oklahoma City morning news Program -Rise and Shine Oklahoma!