I was reading this today:
“Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised” ~Proverbs 31:30.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” ~2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
I desperately need these jewels of wisdom plastered on every surface of my house.
You know why?
Well, because I am constantly forgetting these profound declarations and what they mean for my life.
I am the same as every other human on this planet. I have insecurities I battle every single day.
Yesterday was especially difficult.
It was an ordinary day by all accounts, but for some reason my insecurities were on overdrive.
I couldn’t stop thinking about how the holiday season was fast approaching and I am still not the size I wish I was. (I’m sure every single one of you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about!)
But really, will any of us ever be happy with our jean size?
My crazy worrisome mind went as far as to create pictures in my head where I was hiding behind random pieces of furniture.
I was desperately contorting my body and ducking under tables trying to avoid selfies or being tagged in the background of a picture that would later come back to haunt me on social media.
Then everything goes into slow motion:
I am doing matrix flips in the air, frantically trying to grab someone’s iPhone before they hit “post.”
My hand reaches out as I scream,
“Oh, dear God! Not this year!”
It was like a trailer to a horror movie starring me, and the evil skinny jeans.
I’m laughing about it now because it is so ridiculous for me to think this way.
Honestly though, I had to force myself to remember… like for the billionth time (sigh) of what beauty really is and how God really sees me.
“She is clothed in strength and dignity and laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness” ~Proverbs 31:25-26
Did you catch that? She laughs without fear of the future. I pray I can be a woman like this the next time my fickle emotions try to steal my joy!
Unfortunately, we are relentlessly hit in the face with a barrage of never-ending advertisements, movies, music videos, etc. telling us what we are supposed to look like and what jean size equals beauty.
And don’t even get me started on celebrities and public figures who try to “help” by spewing their counterfeit “truths” of how to be loved… wanted… Valued.
But this is what God says:
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” ~1 Peter 3:3-4
What Peter is saying here is not that we can’t have great hair or wear gold bling, but we should focus more on the motives inside of our heart.
We need to spend more time cultivating our character.
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” ~Colossians 3:12b-14
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” ~Romans 12:2
“Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” ~Colossians 3:2
Know you are beautiful just the way you are. You are infinitely loved by the Father.