When I look into the mirror, my self image, more often than not, just doesn't match up to what I'd like it to be. I fail at being consistent with exercise and eating healthy. I fail at many things. I then, look into the mirror, and call myself a failure.
But what does God see? He sees a beautiful person made in His image! If I am made in the image of Christ, nothing I do to the exterior could ever make my Spirit more beautiful. Nothing I do could make Him love me more. His love is not conditional, but unconditional.
When I look at the image of self and am discouraged, I need to remind myself that I am loved unconditionally.
We all fail. We all have unrealistic expectations we place on ourselves. Our body image will NEVER meet our expectations until we reach glory. We all look into the mirror, time and time again, and our image just doesn't match up to what we'd like it to be. Take a look into a different mirror. Look into the mirror of God's Word. What do you see? I see a person created with the most finite of detail in your mother's womb. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. His thoughts towards you are precious. Psalm 139 says it best.
How are you maximizing your beauty for Christ's glory?
1) Are you developing your inward beauty (by drawing close to the Lord) so that His LOVE spills out from your very pores?
2) Are you seeking HIM first so that you smile more often than you frown... because of His beautiful grace spread across your face?
3) Are you thanking HIM for His many blessings and not wasting your life by wishing for another day?
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