Beauty through His eyes!
How surprising is it that one day we feel so confident in ourselves, but the next moment, we feel so terrible and hate everything about us? Feeling ashamed of our looks, abilities, intelligence and accomplishments?
Perceptions are so powerful that they can affect our concept of self and how we view the world as a whole.
With the accessibility of social media and the constant bombardment of touched images, it is becoming increasingly difficult for some Christian ladies to feel confident in their looks. Some have become so affected that they define their value and self-worth based on their appearance and feel inferior if they feel less beautiful. Some also adopt worldly tips from here and there just to enhance their looks.
The questions that keep rising are; where are we deriving our self- worth and self- esteem? Are we deriving them from the world? Do they stem from how beautiful we think we are based on the world’s standards of beauty, or do we see ourselves as God sees us? Are we trying to prove a point or are we trying to get validation from the people around us? To the point that we get ourselves all worked up and unappreciative of how God made us? This should not be the case!
It is understandable that the media has made people so occupied with physical beauty that they tend to forget how fleeting beauty is! In Proverbs 31: 28, the Bible says; “favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” The Bible also admonishes us in Psalm 139:14 that, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. This means that God intentionally and purposefully created us to look the way we are; and each and every one is a masterpiece! He did not end there, He went on to say in Genesis 1:27 that, He created man(you) in His own image, and in His own image created them male and female. Therefore, you who is reading this, you were created in God’s image, and you look like Him. So don’t let the enemy tell you otherwise!
To those who may have read the above verses in isolation, they are in no way suggesting that we neglect self-care and personal grooming. The admonishment is, our physical beauty should not occupy all our thoughts; to the point that it steals our joy if we feel we are not matching up to worldly standards of beauty.
We need to get to the point where we understand our position in God and realize that we are all masterpieces! Our focus therefore should be on developing a fear of God and work on pleasing Him in all our ways.
This is also telling us that we should not allow people’s perceptions of us to define how we feel about ourselves! People will always have their opinions, therefore, we should not get caught up trying to become their version of perfect, but, strive to meet God’s standards of beauty! Every opinion, be it ours or that of other people should be meaningless in the light of God’s word. We should constantly say to ourselves that we are unique and we are fearfully and wonderfully made!
We should also remind ourselves daily that God does not see any imperfections in us. As a matter of fact, after creation, God looked at all that He had made and said that it was VERY good! Therefore, you and I are very good in God’s eyes!
Build your self-worth on God’s word and let your confidence come from Him alone!