Ever been told you are ugly?
Ever been told you are worthless and would never amount to anything?
Ever been told that the world would be better off without you?
And I can tell you, it doesn’t do a lot for your self-esteem. In fact, it can lead you down a path of low self-worth, questioning who you are and why you are here, and generally feeling bad about yourself.
It’s amazing how one person’s word’s can have such a negative impact on you. You can have 10 people telling you positive things and only 1 person telling you the negatives, but all you can do is focus on what that 1 negative person says! Even years down the track, those words can still haunt you and affect the way you live life.
But God is an awesome God and He can restore everything that has been taken from you!
This last weekend, we had our Church Conference. I always love conference! I am always expectant that God will talk to me, and, of course, He never lets me down! The whole weekend was fantastic and God spent the entire time whispering in my ear about the journey He has me on. But the last session, oh my goodness, that really knocked my socks off!
The speaker was talking about how we are all beautiful, and that as believers, we need to be beautiful to have an impact on the world we live in. Now before you start judging and getting upset at how shallow that sounds, he wasn’t talking about beauty as the world see’s it, but beauty as defined by God!
He was saying that we all have beauty in our genes, the ones in us, not the blue ones we wear!
So while the world would tell us that, tall, skinny, blonde, tanned, labeled clothing, styled hair and makeup would make you beautiful, here’s what God thinks:
Kindness is Beautiful.
Generosity is Beautiful.
Selflessness is Beautiful.
Love is Beautiful.
Honour is Beautiful.
Serving is Beautiful.
Grace is Beautiful.
All these things make us beautiful, Wow! After comparing myself to the world’s standards for so long, it is freeing to know that, despite what I think of myself when I look in the mirror, despite what people may have said about me, I am beautiful! Yes, I actually said it, I am beautiful!
By God’s standards, I am beautiful. And the great thing is, it’s a choice! I can choose to be beautiful, to use the gifts God has given me to change and bless the world around me. Or I can choose to be ugly, I can choose to be self-centered, unforgiving, stingy, and think of no one but myself. But really, why would I choose to be ugly when I can so easily choose to be beautiful? I know what I am going to choose!
So friends, let’s be beautiful. In all we do, in all we say and in all our actions, let’s make that choice. Let’s choose to be beautiful.