Your Reflection is Beautiful
by Debbie Lindell
What I have come to understand over my years of working with girls of every age, shape, and size is that nearly every one of them, at some point, has battled the lie that her body and personality are deficient in some way. It is obvious to me that Satan wants each one of us to feel insufficient, and he will do whatever he can to keep us from understanding and believing that we are in every way uniquely, perfectly, and beautifully designed by God. And he never ever stops trying to get us to believe that lie. Instead, he takes every opportunity possible to keep us from believing the truth. It doesn’t matter what your upbringing was like; he will do whatever he can to distort and disfigure and taint your view of who God created you to be and, in doing so, affect your view of God.
He will do it by any means possible—through the words and views of others, through inaccurate biblical teaching, through media messaging, or through thoughts and feelings that are not in line with God’s truth. And as he accomplishes his devious and destructive work, you find yourself believing something much less than the truth.
The lie of “not good enough” is one that has no boundaries. It’s a lie that labors endlessly to weave its way into your heart and mind through the words you hear, the messages you see, and even your inner human nature, constantly inviting you to compare yourself to others. This lie works tirelessly to destroy the truth of God’s Word and the magnificent creation he fashioned you to be.
God says this about you: Your body is absolutely beautiful! Your mind is altogether amazing! And your personality and talents were perfectly chosen to make you!
I honestly believe these words could change your life . . . because they changed mine!
Here’s the deal. When you do not believe the truth about who God created you to be, and when you do not respect, honor, and give glory to him for what he has made (and that includes yourself and your body), you dishonor, disrespect, and discredit his creation. Seriously!
When I came to the realization that the view I had of myself revealed a lack of faith and trust in God’s words about me, when I understood that I was not honoring him with the thoughts and words I had about myself, and when I humbly asked for his forgiveness and his grace to see myself through his eyes, it changed me. I no longer focused my attention on myself and on my distorted view of my body, abilities, and personality. By being confident in the fact that God made me exactly how he wanted me to be, I could focus on others and give God the praise and honor he deserved.
Debbie Lindell, She Believes, Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2016. Used by permission.
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