Written by: Sienna Ducharme
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I was reflecting on this the other day, looking in the mirror, wondering why I thought so badly of myself. I am His workmanship, and I love Him, so why do I have such a hard time liking myself? My face is too round, I have dark circles under my eyes, my legs are too fat, my hair is too floppy. I procrastinate too much, I get depressed, I don’t eat healthy, I’m too disorganized.
I know that you probably have a grocery list of things you’d like to change about yourself as well. The thing is, if you told me your flaws I would probably be surprised. We are extremely hypercritical of ourselves, to the point that we notice flaws about ourselves that no one else sees. When I look at any random stranger, I don’t list the things that are unattractive about them in my head. Sometimes I’ll see someone with a cute pair of shoes and I’ll wonder where she bought them. Or I’ll notice someone else has a really beautiful eye colour.
I don’t look at people and think they’re ugly. Do you? I don’t think so. This sounds cliché, but everyone is beautiful in their own way. So why do you look at yourself and see all the ‘bad’ things?
While there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be healthier or become more fit, there is a problem with not liking what you look like right now, or wanting to change what you look like because someone said you should. No matter what you look like, God created you, and His work is good. I know that it is not easy to remember that, and that it won’t immediately change your view of yourself, but it’s important to try and remember. I know you don’t hear it enough, so here it is: YOU ARE AMAZING, JUST AS YOU ARE. Focus on the things you love about yourself, because God loves all of you. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Until Next Time,