Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… Gen 1:26a (NKJV)
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)
One of the things off and on through the years is my self-image. Most women can say the same thing. Considering the images and standards of beauty that we see in the media, it’s no wonder. From an early age girls think that they need to look like the images they see in order to be considered beautiful. Sometimes they even resort to harmful solutions trying to achieve the unrealistic standard.
As a Christian woman (and a perfectionist), my battle with self-image is more often related to my actions. I tend to set a high standard for myself, sometimes impossibly high, and when I fall short I am my own worst critic. I become disappointed with myself and frustrated at my shortcomings and before I know it I am beating myself up.
When those times come, I have to go back to the Source and remember what God says about me. I need to reroute my thoughts about how I see myself and line them up with the Word of God. So, on the days when I way up and nothing I try on looks right in my eyes, I have to pause and remind myself that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. When I fall short of the goals I have set for myself, I stop and reflect on the fact that I am made in the image of God.
Of course it is an ongoing process. It takes time and practice to unlearn years of incorrect thinking, but it is possible. The next time you feel like you are less than in any way, take a breath and then reflect on how beautiful you are in the Father’s eyes. When you look at yourself through the Eye of the Beholder it changes your perspective from a lie to the truth.
I’ve seen so many messages lately about the importance of speaking kindly to ourselves and loving ourselves. When we do this according what God says about us we free ourselves to live the abundant life of beauty that Christ came to give us.
Is there something that you are believing about yourself today that doesn’t line up with what God says about you? Is there something that you have been saying about yourself that contradicts what God thinks of you? Why not take a moment to shift your perspective. Meditate on His Word concerning the matter and watch things change for you!
Isunji Cardoso started writing when she was just 8 years old. Her third grade teacher asked the class to write an original story. Her story was a hit with the class, and a writer was born! Isunji describes herself a a word-nerd who believes in the power of a good story to touch hearts, educate minds, lift spirits and even change the world. The Lord has given her many stories that she hopes to release to the world as He leads. In February 2013 Isunji published her first book, a devotional called Faith Lifts: 31 Daily Boosts for Sagging Faith which is now available for purchase. The book is designed to encourage, inspire, entertain, and, most importantly, to refresh the weary spirit. Please connect with Isunji on Twitter or Facebook.com/isunjicardoso2