Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beautiful (Part 4)

Ephesians 2:10, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

One week from today, I am tasked to teach that verse to a room full of 6-12th graders. A verse that is our constant reminder that we are a masterpiece. God’s beautiful, amazing masterpiece. We might get some dust on us sometimes, we might get a tear in our canvas - but we are still God’s masterpiece.

We are beautiful creatures. The word beautiful is self-defining: full of beauty. Just because we don’t feel beautiful sometimes doesn’t change the fact that we are. Our significant others, our parents, our grandparents, siblings, closest friends... they all see how beautiful we are. Why can’t we see this for ourselves? What is the block that stops us from seeing our own beauty?

How do we overcome that?

I think for all of us it’s different. First realizing that we are God’s beautiful masterpiece is a great start. In God’s eyes, we are the most beautiful thing in His creation. After God created man & woman He stepped back and said we were “very good”. Not “good” like everything else - but “very good”. 

There was a song that came out while I was in college that contained the lyrics “you’re an ocean”. I know how I feel while sitting at the seashore staring at the waves crashing along the coast line; in absolute awe of the beauty and majesty and strength that the ocean contains.

“You’re an ocean.”

Inside of me is a woman who can stand majestically tall (despite my 5’3” frame) and have abundant strength (despite my lack of effort in lifting weights) and unending beauty (despite the extra skin and facial hair). 

Let me repeat that a little differently.

Inside of me is a woman who can stand majestically tall and have abundant strength and unending beauty. 

Do you see the difference? We need to stop the self-deprecating talk and speak boldly about our beauty. When you say something enough, you begin to feel it as truth. That’s a place we can all start from. Once we put that foot forward, the rest is up to us. Is it a new outfit that flatters our figures? Is it exercising more often to feel our strength? Is it singing in the car to feel our voice and soul? Is it talking to ourselves in the mirror each morning to tell ourselves how incredibly gorgeous we are?

You are beautiful. Each one of us is drop-dead gorgeous, and we need to start embracing that. Start today; do one thing before you go to bed tonight to help make you feel beautiful. Find a friend who also struggles and strive together to reclaim your sense of beautiful. It’s yours.

Drop-dead gorgeous. 

Psalm 139:14, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

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