Everyday, we are bombarded by images on the television and in the media of women that are flawless. Their faces have a perfect airbrushed magnificence to it. Mostly their hair is straight and falls properly in place. With all that I see, there is constantly a challenge to see myself the right way. There have been plenty of times that I have compared myself with those images. At those times, I found myself conforming to the images in the media. Not only did I conform on the outside, but I conformed on the inside as well. I am not proud of this fact, but it’s true. In all of this conforming to the world and finding my identity in it, I lost sight of who God created me to be.
“God, who created everything, created everyone-including you. You may look in the mirror and see flaws. But God designed every freckle, every wrinkly, every crinkle, and even numbered the hairs on your head (Luke 11:27). When He created you, he considered it “very good.” Do you?” ~True Identity Bible.
There is a certain way that He sees me. When He looks at me, He smiles. Since I was already created by Him, in the image of Christ, I need to make sure that I conform to that image because that is my true self. Now this is very hard, but I am definitely up for the challenge. It’s not about my hair or my makeup, but about my inner beauty and allowing it to be displayed on the outside.
Still the outer me does count. I want to make sure that when I look in the mirror, I see beauty. Not according to the world’s standards, but according to God’s. That being said, today, I challenge myself to see myself the way the creator sees me…as good, lovely, and beautiful. I choose to take my kinky curly hair and all of it’s tangles and call it beautiful. I choose to take my chocolate brown skin and all of its splendor and call it splendid. I choose to take my voice and the way that it sounds and call it lovely. I choose to take all of me, as I conform into the image of Christ, and call it good.
Your skin may not be the same color as mine, you hair may not be the same texture, and your voice may not be the same. We may not be the same height or weight, but I challenge you, as I have challenged myself, to call it all “good.” Find pictures of yourself and make a collage. Post it on your Facebook, twitter, instagram, the being mom 3 facebook page, post a comment, or do whatever you want to proclaim today that you are “good” because God create you that way. And remember to smile because its true, you really are…