Psalm 139:14 (NKJV)- I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
We spend most of our lives aspiring to become something other than what we are.
We surround ourselves with friends with whom we interchange the praises that elevate our self-esteem, but when the mutual amusement fades away, familiarization leads to contempt, and the death of friendships.
To some degree, most of us suffer from the syndrome of self-loathing. Some might say that the phrase “self-loathing” is a bit too strong. Ok…so let me make my case.
Did you like the shape of your body today? Do you like the way your voice sounds on the phone? How about the shape of your nose? Are you unhappy with your flat or big butt? How about those love handles you so try to hide with loose clothing? Or maybe you have a jawline like a horse or teeth that can make a Halloween witch cringe? Point made.
But even if some are externally picture-perfect, inside they suffer of some form of irrational self-judgement that decrees that they’re not good enough… or worse, that they’re losers. Sometimes the most talented of persons live most of their lives depressed because they are sensitive to the deprecation from others, who while suffering of the same syndrome, find comfort by putting down naturally-shining stars.
If God is beautiful, and you are His image, then you are beautiful too!
The Bible teaches in the first chapter of its first book that humans were created in the image and likeness of God. This means that you were created according to the form and feelings of your Creator. So right off the bat… the Bible’s statement on humans cancels out whatever feelings of self-loathing you are entertaining. From God’s perspective, your default nature is perfectly beautiful.
Rather than entertaining thoughts about your alleged oddities, study yourself closely. You will soon recognize that the unique features that set you apart from others, are actually divine reflections of God’s infinite attributes. Why are you trying to be like someone else, when God has made you to be like Himself?
Love being yourself even if you think that others don’t like you… In all of humanity’s existence there’s only been one of you. Don’t distract yourself any longer by longing the affirmations of others! Instead, look at yourself with the admiration that recognizes God’s attention to detail when He made you!
Remember… most acts of flattery are investments by those who are seeking to be affirmed by you. So don’t entrust your heart to them…
Look at yourself from God’s perspective. Notice how creative God was when He made you. You are uniquely wonderful because God says so.
Love who you are, because by doing so, you will be loving a unique aspect of God which is reflected by you.