But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
I hate looking in the mirror anymore. If I could get by with it, I would cover every one of them in the house. Three kids and a personal indulgence of pastas, chocolate and cheese has not been kind to me.
I am 51 years old. When I look in the mirror, I see an overweight, unattractive woman with dark circles under her eyes. I have several dental issues that need to be fixed, and my eyes are immediately drawn to those, plus the roll of fat around my waist. I see thighs that are too big and a hind-end that most likely inspired the song, “I like big butts, and I cannot lie.”
Obviously, I have self-confidence issues. I hate trying to find an outfit to wear out, especially when I am going somewhere with my two thin, gorgeous daughters. I am so busy comparing myself to others that I can never be happy with the way I look. Everywhere I go, I find someone who I feel is prettier, or thinner, or better-dressed.
Perhaps some of you feel the same way. Perhaps you hate your hair, or your nose, or your butt. Perhaps you think you are too fat, or too thin, or have other issues that I haven’t covered here. I think the biggest problem many of us have is worrying about how others view us. What we should, instead, realize is how God views us.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you.” Jeremiah 1:5
Before we were even born, God saw us, and He saw us as perfect. It is our own skewed vision, and the world’s influence that makes us think we are not perfect. As if being overweight, or being too thin, or having bad hair, or a large nose would make us unacceptable in His eyes.
Having a kind heart, being humble, helping others in need, reflecting Jesus in all we do and sharing His love to a lost and dying world is what perfects us.
Wearing the latest trends in clothes, having a perfectly coiffed hairdo, and the smallest waistline isn’t going to make you a perfect person. Only in letting Jesus have control of your life, and living for Him.
So the next time you are struggling with issues about your appearance, remember that God loves you just as you are, you are perfect in His eyes, and you don’t need the world’s approval to be happy.
Live for Him. Trust in His Word, and smile when you look in the mirror.
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Oh Mary you are beautiful! I see you like God sees you, through the filter of Jesus, and that makes you a knock out to me. I am so glad others can view us through the filter of Jesus who stands between us and the Father. How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news, our God reigns. Good to see a post from you again. Much love dear one.