How would you describe your looks?
Watch this video by Dove Real Beauty Sketches:
This video moved me!
It reveals that so often we are the worst critics of ourselves. How many times have we looked in the mirror and over analyzed the shape of our eyes, nose, mouth, chin, etc.? It also points out that this hyper-criticism is self-inflicted and not the way the people around us view us.
I challenge you to get a piece of paper out, or even a new note page on your phone/tablet. Write out how you would describe your looks to someone who has never seen you. While you’re describing yourself imagine the way God sees you – which is beautiful. Instead of thinking the worst about yourself and saying, ‘I have a fat shaped face’ think positive and say, ‘I have round, glowing face, that lights up when I smile.’
God’s Word tells us to take every thought captive that is not lined up with God’s Word.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
This means that if you have a thought that comes to you and it is not what God thinks about you, then you need to stop dwelling on it and throw it away!
A way to know if that thought is something you should think on, is the Philippians 4:8 Test:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. (NIV)
Is the thought about yourself pure? lovely? admirable? excellent? praiseworthy? true? reputable? authentic? compelling? gracious? the best, not the worst? the beautiful, not the ugly? honorable? commendable?
If the thought does not line up with the list above then we should not be thinking on it.
Below I am going to list my favorite beauty scriptures. I want you write them down or print them out. Then keep them before your eyes. Put them on your mirror so that when you are getting ready in the morning it reminds you of your true beauty. You can also frame the scriptures and put it on your nightstand, so it is the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before you go to bed. I know from experience that God’s Word is the answer you need to change the way you think and feel about yourself. No matter how many times a boyfriend, husband, friend, or parent may say it to you, it will never be convince you until you know it from God. (To read further on how God sees you read my blog: Beauty Marks)
‘Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.’ Psalm 45:11 NIV
‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’ Genesis 1:27 NIV
‘Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.’ Colossians 3:10 NLT (Note: The closer you get to God the more beautiful you become)
‘Look at you! You are beautiful, my true love! Look at you! You are so beautiful! Your eyes are like doves!’ Song of Solomon 1:15 GWT
‘You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.’ Song of Solomon 4:7 NIV
‘Oh Yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb.’ Psalm 139:13(MSG)
‘How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God! How vast in number they are! If I try to count them, there would be more of them than there are grains of sand.’ Psalm 139:17-18 (GWT)
‘I will give thanks to you because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made’ Psalm 139:14 (GWT)
You are so beautiful! Start saying out-loud ‘I AM BEAUTIFUL’ and begin to describe yourself the way God sees you!