“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Yesterday, my four year told me she was stupid. She followed this by telling me that she was dumb. Dumbfounded and mortified, her father and I looked at each other and asked, “where did she learn that from?”.
I pulled her toward me and looked her directly in the eye, feeling myself break with sadness by what she had just said. I questioned her about her statement and she told me that she believed she “couldn’t do anything”. I reassured her that she was a clever little girl and that she made us proud just by being her.
This scenario hurt me deeply. Striving to be the best mother I could, in an instant, I felt as though I was failing my kids, miserably. Thoughts that perhaps I hadn’t been meeting their needs emotionally, began to swamp me. I wondered what I could do to help her see that she is a capable, intelligent and beautiful little girl. I wanted her to be assured that I will always view her this way.
Then it dawned on me. There have been many, many times that I have felt the same way. I’ve felt helpless, hopeless and at times, ugly in a world that prides itself on beauty.
In those moments, God was waiting for me to come to him so he could reassure me of the beauty he sees in me. When I finally took the time to gaze him in the eye and listen to what he had to say, I realised that there was hope in the person he’d created me to be. I was his child and he put me here on Earth for a purpose. That itself, brings hope. How heartbroken he must be when we doubt ourselves and our purpose!
I encourage you, on days that you feel the pressures of the world around you and you hear the voices of those wanting to pull your spirit down, look up, gaze at your creator in the eye and listen to what he wants to say.
I’m certain he’ll show you your true beauty, he’ll bring you a sense of purpose and reassure you that once you are his, you always will be. In him, you are a new creation and will reflect true beauty and great wisdom, simply because you are his.