In the world we live in, it is hard not to compare ourselves to those who are models or actors and actresses. Many young girls and even grown women struggle with eating disorders in order to look similar to models. Many people have proven that those images we see are photoshopped to such a point that some of those women are unrecognizable in the real world.
So how do we see ourselves through God’s eyes? What does it mean to be complete in Christ’s love? First, we should remember that we are made in God’s image.
I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 NIV
God made us in His image and in so, we are wonderfully made. What an amazing way to be described! God made us to be wonderful.
In this verse we are told where our beauty should come from.
Your beauty should come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:3-4 NIV
We shouldn’t try to change our physical bodies to be skinnier or prettier. Instead, we should be working on our inner beauty. People will notice one’s inner beauty before noticing their outer beauty if our inner beauty is worth looking at. We hear about it all the time, “Oh, she is beautiful on the outside but the lack of beauty in her heart takes away from that beauty”. We can focus on an inner beauty by removing the negative things from our lives.
- Curse words aren’t pretty. When we get angry, it is easy to yell out a good ol’ curse word. However, those words rolling off of our tongues doesn’t sound very pretty or lady like.
- Remove the hatred. Hatred easily rots away at our hearts. Eventually, that will begin to pour out of our lives.
I know it is hard to live in this world when you don’t feel pretty or feel like you are enough. It is easy to fall into that idea of becoming skinny or being different is the only answer, but we should all strive to be beautiful in God’s eyes rather than the world’s.