image courtesy of Leonardo Da Vinci
In the last post, I talked about how God makes things for beauty. While I found the idea interesting, I was impressed to write about it because of this follow-up. If it is true that God makes things for beauty not merely utility, than you were also created with beauty. You are beautiful! To think less of yourself is to bring accusation to God about His ability to create.
All of us have struggled with self-image issues to some degree or another. I’m too fat. I’m too skinny. I’m too small. I’m too small. I don’t like my eyes. I don’t like my nose. My voice sounds silly. I make noises when I breathe. My teeth are crooked. My ears are too big. Whatever you have struggled with, realize that you are quarreling with God. You are saying that God did not know what He was doing when He created you.
This is important, because if you are struggling with your self-image, it will hinder how you approach God. If you can’t find beauty in yourself, than you will have trouble believing other things God is trying to tell you. God has called you into a life of significance. “I have come that you may have life to the full” (John 10:10). “I have plan for you; plans to prosper you” (Jeremiah 29:11). Do you believe those?
We all need to come to a place that says I believe that whatever God says is true. You say that you have plans to prosper me—right on. You have come that I may have life to the full—sounds good. You say that I’m beautiful—You must know.