I have often wondered what it would be like to see in the mirror an image being reflected back that is pleasing to me. You see, I had always been looking at my reflection and criticizing it;
I’m too plain,
I’m too fat,
I’m too short,
and the list goes on of things I’ve told myself over and over again. That small voice in my head would always spout off about some perceived inadequacy being reflected and in time gave me a warped sense of myself.
My perceived self image began to be the truth that I saw each day. It wasn’t a pretty image. Many harsh feelings would swell up in me and made me long to be pretty, and skinny and oh…so smart. My husband and family often tried to give me praise for something but I saw that as them trying to just bolster my mood. I didn’t see what they saw. More importantly I didn’t see what God sees.
Then, over this past year or so I have facilitated many bible studies for Love God Greatly and the scripture studies slowly but surely improved my vision. Verses began to sink in through the muck clouding my mind’s eye, causing me to reconsider who and what I am.
Our study of Ephesians gave me the ability to see I am created by God for good works. Ephesians 2:10
Our study in the books of Peter brought me to 1 Peter 3:3-4 where I learned that it was not about my exterior appearance and being able to adorn myself with jewelry, or painted pink toes but more about being respectful, gentle and quiet in spirit.
Our study on David brought me to 1 Samuel 16:7 where the bible tells us that the Lord did not consider David’s appearance when choosing him to be the appointed king but instead chose him for his heart.
How great is it that we were created by God for good, that He specifically chose us for this good thing on the sole basis of what is inside and not our outward appearance! We are told from the very beginning that we are created by God in His image, an image that is good. So when you see your image in the looking glass consider just who you are criticizing, for God made you and He is the almighty One. Your looks, your talents, and your spirit were all fearfully and wonderfully made.
What do you see reflecting back in your looking glass? Are you willing to forgive yourself for the negative self-talk and accept the truth of who you really are? I invite you to share this post and share your thoughts in the comments about your walk through the looking glass to the other side where you see your true self.
Beginning August 29. 2016 the study “You Are Forgiven” by Love God Greatly starts and I hope you can join us in this study. I have had the pleasure of being a member of the launch team where I was able to read the book by this ministry before it became available on July 28th, 2016…all for just an independent review. This 8 week study will take us through how Jesus obtained our forgiveness, what it means in our everyday lives and how it transforms us. I am excited for the message of forgiveness, so come and join us! You can purchase the book on Amazon.
Never forget, you are forgiven. Embrace that truth; let it soak down deep into your heart and let the truth change you from the inside out. Being thankful for what God has done for you, do the same for others.
-Love God Greatly