“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. “ Psalm 139:13
If you were to sit in front of the mirror right now, what would you see?
Would you see blue eyes, or brown eyes? Blonde hair, or dark hair? Would you be ready to face the world, or would you need a bit more makeup? All of these characteristics define your outward appearance. It is how people differentiate between you and another individual. It speaks of your uniqueness as an individual, and the awesome creativity of our Lord and Savior.
But for many people who look into the mirror, the question is not about their eye color or their hair color. The question more often is “Am I pretty?”, “Do I even matter?”, or “Does anyone even love me?” These questions originate from a negative view of oneself. They exemplify the continuous battle between positive and negative thoughts. And, oftentimes, the negative thoughts will override the positive thoughts,causing individuals to hate themselves or even wish they were somebody else.
If you are a person who struggles with self-image, I would like to challenge you with this thought:
Whether you are tall, fat, skinny, or short, there is absolutely no one on earth who is just like you. NO ONE! And that is special! Your very existence points to a creator who has taken the time to masterfully create every facet of your being. Your very fingerprint is uniquely designed to be matchless! Psalms 139:13 says that God knit you together in your mother’s womb, and that means that God purposefully created you to be unique.
Some people will say that we are here by chance. That everything we see, taste, touch, and smell are here by accident. An accidental “BIG BANG” that caused the entire universe to accidentally come into existence, and by definition, everything, including yourself!, are an accident.
But this is not what God says. GOD in his infinite love and grace created YOU! He envisioned you. And like an artist who creates his artwork with percision and care, he created you to bear HIS beautiful image.
Why did God create you? He created you for a purpose.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer 29:11)
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” You bear the image of a God who loved you so much he created you to have an intimate and personal relationship with HIM! Even though he had millions of angels by which he could fellowship with, He was not satisfied with that. He wanted YOU!.
Ephesians 2:10 says “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…”. We are here for a purpose. And that purpose is to have a loving relationship with God, and to live our lives to fulfill his glorious purpose.
If you are a person who really struggles in the area of low self-esteem, then we need to reject the negative thoughts we have about ourself, and replace them with the positive promises of God’s word.
One of the ways you can do this is to meditate on scriptures that tell you who you are in Jesus Christ. You can find a list of bible verses by clicking here. Commit these scriptures to memory. Meditate on them day and night and say them aloud whenever a negative thought appears. Ask God to help you in this area of your life, and begin to put HIM first in everything that you do.
So the next time you sit in front of the mirror, do not look at yourself in disgust or dismay, but know that you are a child of the living God. For that is what you really are!
“For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.” Galatians 3:26 (ESV)
With love and God’s Promise to guide you,