4 DAY DEVO: THINGS
There was a period in my life when I could not stand looking in the mirror. I used to cry in front of the mirror because I hated who was standing in front of it. There were times I smack, threw things, and even broke the mirror.
I used to be attached to constantly staring at the mirror in hopes one day the image my eyes saw would change.
With time, it never changed physically but it changed perspectively.
Sometimes, we can be WAY too harsh on ourselves.
We have all heard the verse, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.’
And for some, it may be hard to believe that.
Frankly, I think a lot of people just think this verse represents the image we look like on the outside. For me, I have reread this verse hundreds of times and did not ever think too much into it. I just figured I am supposed to love the way I looked because God created me.
However, this verse goes far more on the looks that we have. God created us with a soul purpose. We were all created differently. There are no two people on this earth that were designed the same way. Which makes you special to God.
It is so unfortunate, that the world we live in today is so caught up in what we look like rather than our hearts. God is more invested in who you are and how you carry yourself rather than what you look like.
Your heart is more valuable to God.
Some people invest so much time in the outer appearance that their inner self is deceiving.
Proverbs 31: 30
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
My perspective on myself began to change once I started growing in my relationship with Christ. I used to be someone who absolutely could not stand her outer appearance. I had zero confidence in myself. Now, I see myself in the way God designed me to be, I confidently say, “I am beautiful”. Not by the way I look, but, rather who he created me to be.
That is all I wish for in other people. To see themselves the way God sees them.
If you workout, you know how important it is to be consistent so you can stay the shape you desire. It is important to be active but it is more important to be in shape spiritually.
Instead of spending hours on yourself to “look the best,” use that time to spend with the Lord.
That kind of beauty lasts forever.
Challenge: As you wake up, say three things that you are grateful for in front of the mirror, give yourself three compliments, and tell yourself three things that God has done in your life.