Why do we compare what's there to what’s not there? Why do we look at ourselves for hours in a mirror expecting that we will have a bigger rear end, clearer skin, shinier teeth, and “so and so”? While at the gym the other day, I talked with two young ladies on the topic of body image and our ideals about ourselves. One stated, “We see ourselves in the mirror more than someone else. Thus we may think we have very severe acne, yet because another person has yet to spend so much time looking at us and our face, it's hard for them to truly see what we see.”
Her thoughts made me begin to ponder, What does God see when He sees me? Does He see a beautiful heart, a humble spirit, a strong mind? The physical is another way of us giving glory back to the Lord. How we steward the body God has given us speaks volumes about how we love Him and choose to honor Him.
I used to struggle with why it was so important to take care of my hair, and since March 2020, God has blessed me tremendously and healed me internally in this area of my life by just surrendering to His will and seeing the fruits of that obedience to a loving Father.
When I was seven years old, I lived in Florida. There were a ton of women with short pixie haircuts, and I remember just starting to snip at my long, thick, natural hair. I got disciplined that night, especially by my father. He was just shocked by my audacity to do such a thing.
In the same way, my natural father disciplined me that evening, God wants you to know that you are finely fashioned by his loving thoughts towards you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made by the BEST designer.
If we are tall, we desire shortness. If we are petite, we
desire to be big. We desire the very things someone else has or does. We must start to learn how to appreciate each other's differences from our own uniqueness. A statement that kept me in college from Junior 2020 to graduating in May 2022 was “Someone else’s beauty never meant the absence of yours.”
We are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Do you know it? Spend time with a loving Father who wants to remind you of that very truth. Sister, it's time for us to break out of comparison.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
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