Insecurities and struggles with appearances don’t go away straight away… I’ve written two other blog posts on this topic already, and I still haven’t cracked the code of being fully confident in myself yet. So, I thought I’d share another little thought/nugget that has helped ease my insecurities about myself and has given me new perspective on what’s important.
In the February holidays, I had been particularly struggling with being unhappy with how I looked. One day, I was crying out to God in prayer about this, saying how discontented I was with myself, and how I couldn’t stop feeling this way; how it was taking over all of my thoughts and robbing me of the fun I should’ve been having on holiday. Then God gave me this revelation:
There is more for me;
I am worth more;
I am more beautiful;
than these temporary things and this temporary body.
I am not defined or measured by how I look — I am worth the blood of Jesus! Which is priceless! (1 Peter 1:18-19) My beauty doesn’t come from outward appearance, it should come from within. I shouldn’t strive so much to make my outward self look better, that isn’t what makes me truly beautiful – it is my heart that makes me beautiful! (1 Peter 3:3-4) And!!! God has blessings for me and promises for me that will not tarnish — blessings that are beyond my ‘fitness goals,’ that are more fulfilling and joy-giving blessings! (1 Peter 1:3-4)
Looks are temporary, and they’re only a fraction of our true beauty (we are made up of body, soul and spirit — our body is only a third of what makes us who we actually are! And it’s the least important one: our spirit and soul are what really make us beautiful.) We have blessings in store that will not tarnish. I am beautiful because of things that will not tarnish: my spirit, my soul. I am bought with things that will not tarnish – my worth is more than temporary things.