This morning I was putting on my makeup using my magnifying makeup mirror. As I put on my eye makeup I started to notice all the creases and crinkles around my eyes. I see my face everyday but for some reason today the wrinkles seemed to jump right out at me.
After seeing the wrinkles I began to see all kinds of tiny imperfections in my skin … I saw a pimple, my eyebrows had an occasional straggling hair in the wrong place, and If that wasn’t bad enough I also noticed that I seemed to have giant pores and my eyelashes were thinner in some places than others.
The more and more up I looked at myself the more I found wrong. I then found myself correcting my eyeliner to try to open my eyes up more. I then got out the tweezers to pluck the straggling misplaced eyebrows and I actually tried to use cover stick around my eyes on the bags and wrinkles I saw.
After about 15 frustrating long minutes of trying to fix all the imperfections I realized that there was no way I could possible ever fix them all and I said to myself, “Girl you need to back away from the mirror!”
As I was backing away from the mirror and I suddenly realized I couldn’t see all those imperfections in the normal mirror and realized that I had just wasted a whole lot of time trying to fix something that wasn’t noticeable unless under a magnifying mirror and besides that, those things actually never needed fixing in the first place!
As I sat there thinking about how silly I had just behaved suddenly it popped in my head that yes I am starting to get older and I do now have a few wrinkles or ‘imperfections’ but guess what?? God loves me despite my imperfections! Also who decide they are imperfections really? I bet God doesn’t see them as imperfections. Our society has placed huge expectations on us to look good now days. We have creams to remove wrinkles, tummy blaster diets, we dye our hair to get rid of the gray and make us look younger. There are gyms on every corner with machines and trainers. We torture our bodies to make them look ‘perfect’ but really does that change anything that is really important? What is truly important and why do we people look at ourselves through a magnifying mirror? Sadly sometimes we look at others under a magnifying mirror also.
Why not just be who we are and be the beautiful creation that God created us to be?
Have you ever told a 3 year old that they are pretty?? Most will answer with the words “I know” and I bet you would think it was sweet and not think anything bad of her saying ‘I know’. If you told one of your grown up friends that they were beautiful and she replied “I know” what would you think? I bet you would think that she was full of herself or conceited. The truth is there is nothing wrong with knowing and truly believing in who you are and who you were created to be.
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God created YOU in his image!
Psalm 139:13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
YOU were fearfully and wonderfully made!
I am not sure if God gets his feelings hurt but I do think it must disappoint him when we cut ourselves down. If you were to paint a picture or create a sculpture and asked someone what they thought of it and they pointed out all the imperfections wouldn’t you be disappointed that they did not like your creation??
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
YOU were created by God the master painter, the author of your life, and YOU are beautiful!
If you are feeling like you are not beautiful today, quit being so hard on yourself and see yourself the way God sees you.
YOU my friend, ARE beautiful!
Have a beautiful day,