Sometimes I think we become to focused on what is on the outside. For me I can often worry about bad skin, or yellowing teeth, and maybe you worry you aren’t thin enough or attractive enough. It’s all of these lies about our outer self that distract us from our true value and which is our inner selves.
1 Peter 3:4 MSG “Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in. The holy women of old were beautiful before God that way”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 MSG “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
1 Samuel 16:7 MSG “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”
While our peers might overlook us or the opposite sex might choose someone more visually lovely, we need to remember our true beauty lies within us. Our bodies grow old and we will eventually shed these Earthly bodies for our Heavenly ones. When you think about it that way, we need to put what is temporary into perspective. And ultimately anything shallow like what we look like, pales in comparison to who we truly are. End of story. It does not matter in the grand scheme of things no matter what society tried to tell us.
So now that we’ve laid aside what is visual we need to look at our spirits–our souls.
We need to learn not to be held back by what has passed or be daunted by what has yet to come. Ultimately the only focus is Who dwells within us. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in me. Lives in you. We are children of God and we are filled to overflowing with His power and love and approval. I often think the Enemy distracts us with things that are less than so that we are too busy focusing on what we are not that we never see what we actually are. He knows what he’s doing. And I would guess he also knows that someone’s outward appearance is a lie. But he also knows our human shallowness and need for validation and so if he can needle away at insecurities or create them in us, he will. We’ll be so dizzy chasing our own tails so to speak that we will miss what is more important. You see I am not a girl with bad skin, or yellow teeth, and you are a woman or a man that is too thin or too curvy. You are not a drug addict or baggage, or unloveable, or ugly, or a failure, or a loner, or anything else you have called yourself or allowed others to call you. Once we get past the garbage we can see clearly. No one drives with a layer of bird poop on their windshield. You can’t see anything that way. It would be ridiculous to just leave it there. Right? To just park under telephone wires or under a big tree full of birds and act surprised when more and more bird poop is flung at us. This is meant to sound funny, but it’s true. I see all of these things like piles of bird poop because all of these lies are gross and they doesn’t belong in your view. When you finally power hose that mess off, you will be able to see.
Think about it. You need to clean off your “car” so you can get where you need to go. So you can see where you’re going. So you can proceed without grime and filth and get to where you are headed. And since you’re cleaned off now you can pick up people along the way who haven’t cleaned up. And God? I think He would be more than happy to show you what He already sees. He would be more than happy to give you a good wash.
Miracles can happen. Be confident in who you are as you approach Him and allow yourselves to be free from the weight of the labels and preconceived notions of your shortcomings so that you can truly embrace who you actually are.