I stood there looking in the mirror, pinching the skin on my stomach, and pulling at my thighs to make the cellulite disappear. I was in a low place. I had never felt such disgust with my own body as I did in that moment. And then my daughter walked in. “Hi, mommy” she said in her sweetest two year old voice. “Wha-cha doing?” My face went flush. I paused. “Um, mommy is just getting in the shower sweetie. Will you see what daddy is doing and I’ll be right out” I said.
As soon as she left the room I lost it. "What am I doing" I thought? What am I teaching this innocent girl? Would I want her to think these same thoughts? I got in the shower and cried. I asked God to forgive me for thinking those things of myself. I asked Him to take the self hate away. I cried to Him to make me new. And in that steamy shower I heard a small voice say “my child, you are already new. You are the daughter of a king. You are wonderfully made on purpose, with a purpose. You don’t need to change a single thing about yourself.”
You see, God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you. He gave you your body, your talents, and your gifts to serve Him and His people. If He wanted you to be somebody else, He would’ve done so. But He needed YOU.
The reason you have value is because of what God says about you, not because of what other people say about you. The world focuses so much on outward beauty, projecting a perfect image, and being a certain size, but the world is not looking at your heart. The truth is:
1. God created you.
2. Jesus died for you.
3. God’s Spirit lives in you.
Think about this—you were so important to God that He sent His only son, Jesus, to die for you. The devil knows this. He knows the importance of your heart, and he is constantly trying to get to it. It is his goal to have us to think negatively about ourselves, and to get our hearts to become hard. If he can do that he knows our spiritual life will quickly deteriorate.
So today momma I challenge you. Every time you look in the mirror I want you to say 3 positive things about yourself. It could be “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”, or “I love how strong my legs are”, or “I am thankful for these arms to carry my children”. Those are the things we want our kids to hear. That is the message our sons and daughters will carry with them.
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” 1 John 3:1