“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
If there is one thing I have learned in the last year through conversations with other women it is that every single one of us struggle in some way with self-esteem. I sat in a room with 14 different young women as we went around in a circle sharing the biggest areas of insecurity in our own lives. I was surprised as each woman shared how insecure she was in her looks because many of those girls in that room were some of the most gorgeous women I have ever seen.
I, like many of you have plenty of people who compliment me and tell me I’m beautiful. So if that is the case, why do we not still feel beautiful ourselves?
Through Scripture and conversation, I have come to a place that I hope many young women will reach as well in realizing that the core issue is not whether or not we are actually beautiful, the issue is a belief in what the Lord really says about who we are. We are beautiful because God has said we are. Psalm 139 says very clearly “ I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Many of us know and can say that each person is created beautiful and unique, but the last part of the verse says, “I know that full well”. Do you know truly that the Lord has created you beautifully?
Scripture declares that we are beautiful and wonderful and nothing we do can add too or take away from that truth. We must decide to focus on Christ and trust Him. Scripture is teaching us that Christ loves us and has made us exactly how He wanted us to be for His plan for our lives. If we as women want to have the confidence that we are always seeking and overcome self-esteem issues, then we need to turn our focus onto the man who thought we were worthy enough to die for before we were even born.
We must look to Christ and not to ourselves and fully embrace what He has told us it true about whom we are. We are daughters of a king who loves us and delights in who we are.
So where do we go from there?
Our problem is not our beauty, it is that we are not fully satisfied in what His word says about how we were made. I read a book about two years ago by Leslie Ludy that had a statement that changed my life that says, “The secret to overcoming insecurity is not by learning self esteem but learning to deny self.” Scripture is teaches that we are to “deny ourselves and follow Him” or as John 3:30 teaches, “He must increase and we must decrease”.
We have been taught to feel good about ourselves by putting all of our time and energy into what we believe will make us feel better, look better, or be more liked. But the Bible tells us the opposite, that we are to take our focus off of ourselves and onto Christ. Focus on the Lord and allow Him to grow your confidence as you focus on His plan for your life.
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