Do you struggle with feeling beautiful? I know many, many, girls and women that struggle with it. I have also been one of those women.
What got me thinking about this topic and prompted me to write about this is when I saw the video of the Choose Beautiful campaign by Dove. It’s a social experiment/ad that has women choose to walk through a door with the banner “Beautiful” or “Average”. Most of the women choose “Average”.
You can watch the video below:
It’s amazing how hard it is to get rid of the lies and negative thoughts that get ingrained in your head as a child and even as an adult. I haven’t forgotten the comment I got when a “friend” said, “Wow, how did you land a guy like that?”, referring to my husband when she saw a picture of him. I don’t remember exactly who it was that said it but I’m pretty sure it was an old high school acquaintance that I had reconnected with through FB. It is high time I forget comments like that.
I’ve had conversations with my husband about my insecurities and he just reminds me of what God’s word says about me. I know what it says about me, but I still struggle because I haven’t believed it with my heart. I have chosen to believe what other people have said about me. It’s time I start believing what God says about me because His opinion is what ultimately matters to me. The facts are that in the natural, there are people that pretty much look beautiful to just about everyone, and there are people like me that look beautiful only to certain people, and that’s ok. My husband considers me to be beautiful (he calls me his Asian princess), and so does God. 🙂
You know what the crazy thing is? There are those that are beautiful to everyone else around them, EXCEPT, themselves!! It’s all because of the belief they have about themselves. It’s crazy to me because they hear they are beautiful, they get guys attention much of the time, yet they don’t believe they are beautiful! I had the opposite experience, although I never had anyone tell me I’m ugly to my face. I never got attention from guys, nor was I ever asked out on a date in high school, which is why I never considered myself beautiful or even pretty. Now, I’ve been married almost 15 years to a hunky, Godly man, and only now am I starting to finally believe that I am beautiful. Despite what others may think, I know I am beautiful to God and that’s what most important.
It all shows that no matter what the environment around you speaks to you, it all comes down to what YOU believe about yourself. Even though my environment changed to where someone has actually said to me that I’m beautiful, I still didn’t consider myself to be that. I chose to continue to believe that I’m NOT beautiful.
So, I will be continually meditating on these scriptures:
Psalms 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV)
Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. (NIV)
Psalms 139:17-18 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
The last one really gets me! Think about that one! How awesome is it that He has so many precious thoughts toward me that they outnumber the grains of sand!!! How many grains of sands are there on the earth?? That is a LOT!!!
When I really meditate on these scriptures, I get so overwhelmed with His love for me!
Here’s an awesome piece written by a lady with Down Syndrome.