What do you see when you look in the mirror?
When I look in the mirror, my flaws seem to jump out and yell, “Fix Me!”
Psalm 139:14 says:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know full well that you are wonderfully made?
Each of my children went through a stage where their curiosity led them to ask me why I have “scratches” on my stomach. I’ve earned the scars of growing four human beings. These battle wounds serve as a reminder that after 6 years of infertility, I was blessed with the gift of motherhood.
But over the years, it has gotten harder to appreciate them as marks of motherhood.
“Mommy did you have four babies and then your tummy exploded?”
My youngest often reaches up and squishes my tummy like it’s her own, personal play-dough. There are times when I just wish I could cut off the muffin top and have a tight tummy profile and be able to wear a bikini. There have been times where I have obsessed over it and even contemplated surgery.
Yet in these moments, I’m sometimes taken aback by the fact that my children think it’s just a part of who I am. My five-year old tells me repeatedly throughout the day, “Mommy, I love you! You’re beautiful!” She tells me in the morning when I just get out of bed and have no make up on and messy hair.
God thinks you’re beautiful because He loves you!
When I asked Meghan why she tells me I’m beautiful, her answer was simple yet profound, “Because I love you.”
1 John 3:16 says that Jesus loves you so much that he laid down his life for you!
God thinks you’re beautiful because of who you are to him. You are His child.
My mommy! My daddy! Does your child ever possessively announce that you are “his/her” mommy/daddy? Isn’t it because of who you are to them and how you love and take care of them?
When I remember that I am loved by God and my family because of who I am to them, I tend to worry less about my reflection and focus more on my character.
God thinks you’re beautiful because he created you!
My children all love to hear their birth story. I love recalling the day they were born and the sheer joy I felt. The long hours of labor and the seemingly endless months of pregnancy were forgotten once I reached for them and pulled them up to my chest.
Children who were chosen through foster care and adoption love to hear about the intentional love of their parents who went to great lengths, some traveling many miles and waiting many years just to pick them to be their very own child.
God formed man from the dust and personally breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7
God was intentional when he made you. He picked you to be his own.
He created you in his image.
When someone says our child looks like us we feel a sense of pride because it shows that our child belongs to us.
So God created mankind in his own image. Genesis 1:27
And clothe yourself with the new nature, which was created according to God’s image in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24
But what are we supposed to do when our outer beauty is fleeting?
The Bible tells us not to lose heart…
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. 2 Corinthians 4:16
I want to be able to improve my flaws to the extent that I can and then move on without obsessing over them and letting them get me down.
I pray that you would be able to look in the mirror and know full well that you are a wonderful masterpiece created by God. He loves you!
How about you? Do you ever struggle with the way you feel about yourself?
This article was included in a compilation of encouraging posts on Kelly Balarie’s blog. Please visit her site to discover some wonderful writers that will bless you with their encouraging words today!
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