Honest question. How do you see yourself? Take a second. Think about it. Maybe write it down in a journal. Take time and really think, how do YOU (not other people) see yourself?
Okay. Now what was the first thing that came to your mind? If you are anything like me, your first thoughts would be all of the things you hate about yourself. Unfortunately, as humans, we have a difficult time at loving ourselves for who God has created us to be. We live in a world where it is common to bring others down and bring ourselves down, a world where boys and girls are taught they are not good enough and they are not loved for who they are, a world where it is okay to harm yourself if it means you will look or feel better.
But this is a fact and the truth, YOU WERE MADE IN GOD’S KIND & LOVING IMAGE.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:3-5
“to be made new in the attitude of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:23-24
Beauty is who we are, it is who we are in Christ. Beauty goes beyond what is on the surface, it reaches down to our core, our soul level.
Again, think about it. What is beauty to you? Do you see yourself as beautiful and worthy as a son or daughter of Christ? If you don’t or if you are a little hesitant, I encourage you to just pray about it. Pray that the Lord opens your eyes, your heart, your mind to just embracing the amazing person God has created you to be! Pray that God allows you to see yourself worthy of the crown as his princes and princesses.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from the beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in hardships, in persecution, in differences. For when I am weak, I am made strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Having courage and bravery is not always easy. It is however, super easy to get caught in the current of this world. It can be hard to say “no” to this that will corrupt you and distract you, and it can be just as hard to say “yes” to the things that will make you stand apart from others. This is how I see look at it, you can either be a leader or a follower. Which one do you think God wants you to be? Once again, THINK ABOUT IT.
After much thought and prayer, I decided to be obedient (stand up, be a leader, and spread the good news of Christ) to my calling of starting this blog. Yes, I had doubt at first, a lot of doubt. Will people actually read it? Will it really have an effect on people? What if it turns into something totally and utterly amazing? Then I started to think, it really doesn’t matter what others may think, what others may say, whether it’s positive or negative. It only matters what God thinks. So even if this does not go far, I know that in God’s eyes, it is good.
“I have not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9