Love Yourself

I used to look in the mirror and literally think, “What was God thinking when He created this mess?” Maybe we’re all like that or maybe it’s just me but sometimes I have a hard time grasping the concept that the God of the Universe designed me exactly like this.

I’m not going to sit here and bore you with my own insecurities and faults because I could spend hours talking about that with you and let’s face it, we don’t have time for that. But I do want to address the general idea of being insecure and not liking what you see when you look in the mirror because it’s a struggle we all face sooner or later in life. Truthfully, I think it is very vain and selfish of us to do. We don’t mean for it to be, we’re just nitpicking ourselves and trying to be honest. In reality, it’s just cruel and disappointing.

As cliche as it sounds, you are a masterpiece. Roll your eyes, laugh if you want to – whether you want to believe this fact or not, the choice is up to you. But every single part of you was crafted by The Man Himself and He is perfect. He does not make mistakes. He creates everything good. After all, He created you – every little detail. And you have SO much minuscule detail to you. We don’t even realize how truly amazing being a hand-crafted human is because we spend so much time dwelling on the bigger picture and how it could be better. Seriously though, look at your hand – look at all the wrinkles and prints and texture. Look at your eyes and all of the stories they speak and all of the elaborate and intricate character they hold within them. How can you not believe that Our God created you?

I know that we can’t help but think, “wow, I wish my arms were a little skinnier.” “My nose could be a tiny bit smaller.” or “I wish I had what they have.” And I hate it. I do this sometimes and I actually cringe at myself because that’s just so ugly and I know it but I still do it. When we focus on the ‘faults’ we think we may have, God is looking at us and seeing us as His perfect child, His beautiful piece of art. When we look at someone else and say, “I wish I had what they have,” we are distracting ourselves from appreciating His dedication and goodness. We are discrediting Our God and that is not fair to Him or ourselves.

Not even just physical appearance, but God shines through your personality and inner self as well. God is within you – the way you laugh, the way your eyes shine when you talk about something you adore, the way you wrap your arms around someone in an embrace, the way you love others so deeply and well. Even in the way you cry after a heartbreak or when you knit your eyebrows together in confusion or frustration. (Yes, Jesus got angry and sad as well, He was human after all).

He made up who you are and He gave each of us little pieces of Him. He literally designed us so of course He is apart of us. We are His art.

Whenever I’m making art, time and effort and passion are all embedded into the creation. My heart and soul are truly in it the whole time. And my artwork is not even close to being as remarkable as you. It does not merely contain as much diversity, thought, and importance as your mind, heart, soul, and body.

So I think about how I’ve cried (multiple times) over my art before and I’ve spent countless hours trying to perfect the teeniest spot in the corner so it looks juuust right; I think about how with every brush stroke, I am creating with a fire in my heart. Our God did the same with us, only He put so much more of Himself into the process of it all. He spent so much more of His time working on the most minor and seemingly insignificant (but actually very essential) features and characteristics. I can’t even imagine not appreciating that – yet sometimes I don’t.

So next time you look in the mirror, I want you to smile at what you see. I want you to believe that you are extraordinary, your heart is so much bigger than you think, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. I want you to know that you are made perfect in His eyes. What you have is lovely and wonderful and well crafted. Nobody could ever take that away from you. Nobody could every compare to you. God sees who you really are, with or without makeup, big muscles or none at all, and He loves you anyways. He is so proud of what He created. So tell yourself that next time you see your reflection.

Will you believe it? Maybe… Probably not. If you keep reminding yourself of who designed you and crafted you, eventually you will. You’ll start noticing the light in your eyes illuminate and your smile become much more genuine. Comparing yourself to others will become a foreign feeling because your skin will become the most comfortable home you’ve ever settled down in. You will learn to appreciate every freckle, scar, and stretch mark you have.

It will definitely take some time. It’s not the easiest thing to do. There are going to be days where you are back to square one about it all but I can vouch- loving yourself, it’s so worth it.

 

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