I have come to the conclusion that we will never be satisfied with us — not on our own at least.
For most people, there is always that one (or more) thing that they despise about themself. Whether it be their weight, their voice, their height, their skin, their feet, their chin, their neck, their knee, their left pinkie toe, etc. there is usually something. If you happen to be one of the few who are 100% content and pleased with everything about themselves, then I commend you! It is great that you have embraced who you are, and how you have been created.
That being said, not all of us have yet mastered this amazing feat. No, most of us have that thought of something like: “…if only I could weight this much…” or “…if only I could be this muscular…”. Now, before I go any further, I am definitely not against striving for a healthy lifestyle. I am not against working out or trying to lose weight; what I am against, is killing yourself in the process.
When something like wishing you could change your image, or wishing you could change something unalterable about yourself, consumes all of your thinking (and life), we have an issue. If your insecurities prevent you from freely living life, we have an issue. If you can’t be you, because of the world, we have an issue.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
Do you know what this means? This means that every nose, ear, eye, mouth — body — was created and hand-crafted after the artist himself. This means that that quality you hate, is not just unique to you; there is someone else who shares that quality. There is an orginator for all of your “flaws”.
“Then God looked over all that he had made, and it was excellent in every way.”
Oh looky there! Excellence! Even what we consider to be our flaws, aren’t even truly flaws! We have been lying to ourselves this entire time. Whether it be by the pressure of the world, or by the hidden expectations of ourselves, we have been deceived.
Is it easy to change your way of thinking? Absolutely not! But haven’t you ever heard the saying “That which comes easy isn’t worth having to begin with.”? It’s time to lie to the lies, and live through the eyes of someone we love.
(expect follow-up posts on tips for lying to the lies and accepting who we were created to be.)