Recently, i sat across from a woman with whom i was having a conversation about her health. She had mentioned a few health concerns and i told her i could relate, because, in the past, i had some of the same concerns. She said, Why? Because you were anorexic? i said, no, actually i've never had an eating disorder.
Fast forward a week and i spent an hour sitting with the woman who helps me when i feel emotionally run down.
My mind was screaming, stop telling me i'm skinny! Clearly this isn't the first time someone has commented on my petite figure.
i hate being skinny, i told her. i hate the way the world sees me. Small frame, always petite, active, and passionate about being healthy (not skinny!). i fell for the lie that i had to live up to wordly perfection ... that i had to look the way the world thinks i should look.
i had to choose to see myself the way God sees me, not the way the world sees me.
Sure, i could go to the store, grab a bag of oreos, a bag of chips, a pint of ice cream, and load up on a diet full of empty calories and refined carbohydrates just to gain a few pounds to please the world. But is that wise? To put my health at risk for the sake of making other people happy about my appearance ... to strive for worldly perfection?
Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.—Ecclesiastes 7:20
Scripture tells us that no one is perfect. Perfection is not attainable because it keeps us reaching for worldy approval.
The world is good at this though — that is, poking fun at people, making them feel inadequate, imperfect, and not good enough.
Here's the truth. God created me in His image. He created YOU in His image. We are perfect in His sight. He delights in us. He loves us — for who we are. That is all the matters.
We have to choose to see ourselves the way God sees us, not the way the world sees us.
So, fill in the blank. What is the world telling you that prevents you from seeing yourself the way God sees you and from wholly healing?
Stop telling me i am ____________________________!!!
Skinny. Overweight. A bad mother. A bad father. Clumsy. Boring. Poor. Ugly. Out-of style. Old. Weak. Single. Divorced. Not good enough. Stupid. A Dreamer. Too tall. Too short. .............
Now, i want you to say this. Over and over until you believe it.
i choose to see myself the way God sees me, not the way the world sees me.
It's time to stop believing the lie of perfection and time to believe that we are just fine the way we were created. The only view of ourselves that matters is the one of our Creator.
Thank you Lord, for loving me the way i am. Thank you for creating me in Your image. Thank you for helping me to see the beauty that you created. Thank you for being perfect so that i do not have to be. Amen