Do you feel ugly? Or do you otherwise feel imperfect and want to hide away? Isn’t it interesting how the culture around us wants to dictate to us who is worthy and who is not? Thankfully, the culture does not have the final say. Mary DeMuth exposes ten lies and shares ten truths in her latest book Stop Living Small: Ten Truths Toward Your Significant Life. This post will tackle the sixth lie which is “You are ugly” by reminding you that God made you beautiful. Hence you are beautiful no matter what the culture says.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
(Ps. 139:14, NIV)
Mary DeMuth writes, “The word focus is powerful. When we focus on what we perceive is wrong with our appearance, we slip toward obsession. When obsession has its way, it devours contentment. If, however, we ask God to see as he sees and focus on what is going on in our hearts, the part of us that will endure eternity, joy will choke out the discontentment.”
So there is hope in Jesus. Let’s focus on Jesus and learn to look at ourselves and the world through the eyes of the Lord. Otherwise, we might miss the real beauty, the inner beauty that really matters.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)
God made you beautiful
Yes, it’s the inner beauty that matters. Yet we were made into human beings with spirit, soul, and body. We can’t just forget we have a body because it too needs to be taken cared of. After all, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and as such we are caretakers of something holy and precious.
Mary DeMuth encourages us, “Because the Spirit of God rests on and within us, we have the opportunity to grow a beautiful soul—one that shines brighter and more beautiful as years rage on. This is hope. This is power. This is countercultural. This is living in light of eternity, with an eye bent toward what God values.”
God made you beautiful. You might believe this with your head but you also need to believe it with your heart. How to do that, you ask. We need to make our home in God’s love. When we do so, when more and more of our heart is permeated with God’s love, we start seeing ourselves as loveable and beautiful all the same. Because that is our true identity as God’s children. We are worthy of God’s love and grace. And we are beautiful and wildly loved and blessed. I want to stick to that, no matter what the culture around me says. How about you?
Thank you for loving us without measure and showing us what true beauty is.
Help us to see us as you see us: beautiful.
Give us confidence and help us to treat ourselves with love and respect.
Show us how to live in your love so we could bloom and bear fruit for you.
In Jesus’ name,
It’s kind of funny how everyone thinks that everyone else has got everything together. Yet it’s far from the truth. Most everyone is somewhat self-conscious and think they’re unlovable or unattractive. Yes, we are all imperfect but beautiful none the less. God made you beautiful. Do not forget that. It does not matter how grey you are or how many extra pounds you carry around, you are beautiful. You are worthy of God’s love and grace. And you are wildly loved and cherished. Revel in that! Embrace God’s love and live in it!