Friday, June 27, 2014

What do you see?



Typically what is the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble?

As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you immediately notice what you think are your flaws? Be honest…

We can so easily get caught up in the comparison trap and before we know it, not-so-nice thoughts are filling our minds – just like harsh brush strokes – painting a distorted portrait of how we see ourselves. I’ve fallen into this trap so many times. Gosh, if I had a dime for every time I thought or said something negative about my physical features, I’d be a millionaire.

As women, so many of us find ourselves:
  • basing our self-worth on how others see us and on our accomplishments

  • feeling shame from our past

  • defining our value based on our looks

  • setting unrealistic standards for ourselves

But it doesn’t have to be this way. If only we could see ourselves as God sees us!

Those negative thoughts we sometimes believe about ourselves can’t hold up to what God declares is true about us.

You see, scripture says that we are created in the very likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:27).

Genesis 1:27
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

Did you know you are God’s masterpiece? His greatest work of beautiful art? His crowning achievement? (Ephesians 2:10)

Ephesians 2:10
10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Even if you sometimes look in the mirror and invisibly stamp “imperfect” on your forehead – just like I do – God looks at you every single moment and says, Precious child, you are so incredibly beautiful.

So who will we listen to – the world or God? What will we choose to believe? Listen as God whispers the absolute truth in our hearts. It’s amazing how easily we can believe God’s truth for someone else but when it comes to us, we have a tendency to waiver, to question, to hesitate.

Do you see yourself as a beautiful woman created in God’s image? Don’t settle for less-than – when God has created you for so much more. He is enthralled by your beauty (Psalm 45:11) says

Psalm 45:11
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord.

and you take His breath away ever time He glances at you.


Let’s Pray:

Heavenly Father, help us each to identify which roadblock affects us most. Help us learn new ways to handle situations that come into our lives. Help us pause and substitute your new way of thinking and behaving. Teach us to extend grace to ourselves so that we will be able to live a life of extending grace to those around us.

Father God show us how to take our lives back from trying to live up to distorted beliefs and line our thinking up with the way You views us.

In Jesus' name,
Amen.