I’m a girl. And if you’re a girl, too, chances are you totally understand what it’s like to feel awful about yourself, your body image, your face, your smile, your hair… I mean, let’s be real. The list will go on and on.
As a new but growing Christian, I’m getting comfortable talking to God about some things and we talk even about the really superficial desires of my heart.
<- That girl over there to the left, that’s me. Some days, I’m just not happy with the way my hair looks. Other days, I feel fat, or too tall… Or my face breaks out… And by the way, my smile is crooked… Or if my body was shaped differently, I could wear cuter clothes… Or if my eyes could be a vibrant shade of green… Oh, my gosh. See? Here I go.
We ALL do it. Men do it, too. As humans, we spend BILLIONS of dollars on plastic surgery, weight loss (insert anything here), hair dye, make-up, waxing, gym memberships, lotions and wrinkle creams.. yatta, yatta, yatta…
And for me personally, it hasn’t been so much about my physical image as my personal image – there was a time I hated who I was; who I’d become disgusted even me. But I’m not free from typical female insecurities. There are people out there much skinnier than me. There are people who are prettier than me. There are people with better clothes and styles than me. And I get jealous. I want what they have. But God was showing me something SO AWESOME (what’s new, right? it’s always awesome) and in such a funny way.
I watched a Veggie Tales movie with my daughter called,
“Princess and the Pop Star,” about a little girl on a farm who wishes she could trade place with a pop star, and a pop star who wishes she could be a normal girl – and they happen to meet and look identical, so they switch. The lesson they learn is that God created the farm girl to be the farm girl and He created the pop star to be the pop star. Only we can fill the role that God created us to fill. Only I can be me and only you can be you.
Now, this is a children’s movie and so it’s speaking on a child’s level. There is such a thing as free will and a world filled with Satan’s influence. Not everyone chooses to be and do what God has created for them, but that’s a whole different ball game… I’m talking about looks here.
God made me! And He made you! And He made us in His image. And He’s GOD! That in and of itself should be enough. But Satan’s a sneaky guy though, and it’s usually not.
But I know – and I really want to share with you, too – that because we are God’s creation and because everything He makes is so precious and valuable to Him, there is nothing more beautiful to God than us. We disappoint Him with our sin, sure, but God hates the SIN, not the SINNER. He loves sinners, and Jesus died to save sinful men. We are His children and ask any parent – their kids are always the most beautiful things they’ve ever seen.
After watching this movie, I heard a song I’ve probably heard 3 or 4 dozen times, and it took on a much more powerful message. It really illustrates what I’m trying to say so I’m just going to share it with you. It’s called “Beautiful,” by Mercy Me and it goes like this:
When all you hear is you’re not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart, they’d see too muchPraying that you have the heart to fight
‘Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you’ve held inside so long
They are nothing in the shadow of the cross
Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You’re the one He madly loves
Enough to die
You are made for so much more than all of this
You are treasured, you are sacred
You are His
Today, I just pray for all of us with physical insecurities (and emotional, too, I know how hard that is…), that we might just see ourselves as You see us, Lord. Our eye color came from You, our hair came from You, our figures, our skin, our everything… it all came from You, God. You gave us those things and I pray that we can just be grateful for the many gifts You’ve bestowed upon us. Teach us to love ourselves the way You love us, God. It’s easy to see the beauty of your creations around us, but help us see it in ourselves. Everything You make is beautiful. We struggle in this world that tells us we have to be a certain way to be accepted, or that there’s only a few different kinds of beauty, but help remind us that this world is wrong. Please reach out to everyone trying so hard to be something you didn’t create them to be, God, and just show them Your way so that they may enjoy all the things You have in store for them. Thank you for creating us, Lord. And thank you for paying the price to wipe away our sins and make us that much more beautiful. I ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.