Look in the mirror. What do you see? Do you see beautiful? Today I can say YES, I see beautiful when I see my reflection, but it wasn’t always this way.
I used to see ugly. I used to see pale white skin, straggly hair and a less than perfect body. My thighs were too fat, my butt was too flat, my chest was too small and always that pale skin that peers seemed to delight in mocking. “Why don’t you get a tan?” I’d hear constantly in the summertime when I truly already had a tan… they had no idea just how pale my skin was under my swim suit. Thank GOD!!!
I have a whole catalog of names I was called for varying reasons which we don’t have time to get into here but to give you an idea, here are a few;
Bozo, El Denso, Dog, Lard _ss, Rough neck, Idiot, Fatso and my personal favorite RUN AWAY BARGE. Some were from classmates, some acquaintances, and some from teachers, believe it or not. But the ones that hurt the most were from my parents. I was considered fat, ugly and a problem in their eyes. These old wounds have bled into my adulthood. I spent many years feeling ugly until I began learning what my God said about me. He had a completely different view, but it took awhile for me to understand it. I trusted Him and eventually I believed what HE says. HIS truth has made all the difference in how I see myself!
Perhaps you can relate? Maybe a little, maybe a lot. We all have areas where we feel subpar or perhaps the more accurate description is worthless. This is something our loving heavenly Father hates. . . When HIS beautiful children believe the lie that they are worthless and ugly! The enemy of John 10:10a (refer to Welcome page) wants to steal the reality of the beauty our God gave us. Trust the Good Shepherd, our God who loves us. Learn His view and believe Him, resist believing the lies of the enemy. (Look up James 4:7 in several versions).
Here are a few examples of what our God says about us: “You’re beautiful from head to toe, my dear love, beautiful beyond compare, absolutely flawless.” Song of Solomon 4:7 The Message Bible. Now read it again out loud but insert your name before the “you’re”. Repeat this often until it sinks deep in your heart and changes your mind. This is the truth! This is how God sees you. This is HIS world so HE should know! Trust Him!
The book of Song of Solomon is about a King and the Bride He adored. It also parallels and symbolizes Christ’s deep love for us. We are His Bride.
In the 139th Psalm He says this: “You saw me before I was born. Everyday of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me, oh God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them, they outnumber the grains of sand! [AND MY FAVORITE PART] And when I wake up, You are still with me!” verses 16-18 New Living Translation
You may not feel beautiful right now but keep reading passages about His love and one day you will look in the mirror and be blown away by the beauty HE has seen all along! You are on your way to FLURISHING!
Shine on, beautiful!