Beautiful. Talented. Wonderful. Fun. Unique. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to say these words — and others like them — about our friends? It’s because these words are true. We see those close to us in ways that they don’t always see themselves: simply as they really, truly are.
But now let me turn the table. When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you easily think of yourself as beautiful, talented, wonderful, fun, or unique? If you’re anything like me, I am guessing those are not the first words that come to mind. Maybe instead you hear something more in line with ugly, untalented, mediocre, boring, too much, or not enough. Those are all lies, friends. I know what you’re thinking: why is it so easy to believe those negative (and very untrue) things that pop first into our minds? Because we’ve let those lies tell us who we are for so long that we have begin to actually believe them.
Much like the way we approach our friends and express the positive, true things about who they are, we have got to begin fighting for ourselves. But how can we do that?
Remember that you are a miracle! You are an incredible combination of genes, bones, skin, a brain, and a perfectly unique personality. You are able to live and move and breathe and sing and think and dance and create. That is a miracle; you are a miracle.
Rebuke the lies. I know, I know, it’s easier said than done. But when a negative thought starts to creep into your mind, I challenge you to replace it with something positive and true. If you look at the scale or in the mirror and think, “I’m just so fat” (I know it’s not just me) I dare you to replace that with, “Well, that’s just a number. My body is strong and able and beautiful.” Or when you start to believe that you’re not good enough at one of your hobbies, tell yourself, “I love doing this, and I am so glad that I get to do it!” Lies are subtle but effective, so try to be on alert for when they may begin to trickle in... and kick them to the curb!
Turn to Scripture. It is there that you will find the ultimate truths of who you are, all because of whose you are. You were created by the Master Artist, the One who painted the mountains and oceans and placed every star in the sky; the One who made man and woman in His image and calls them His beloved kids.
He knows you — “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14
He loves you — “For God so loved the world
You are a victor — “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him
who loved us.” Romans 8:37
You radiate light — “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be
hidden.” Matthew 5:14
You are a new and beautiful creation — “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation. The old has gone, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17
So that is our challenge this summer: to speak life and truth over ourselves just like we do with our friends. To love ourselves enough to stop inviting the lies to come into our homes and make themselves comfortable. To recognize that our true identities are found in the love that God continuously lavishes upon us.
You are beautiful, talented, wonderful, fun, and perfectly unique. Own it.