People will degrade you. They will mock you, they will hurt you, and they will tear you down.
Isn’t there a problem with this? Shouldn’t we be building people up, and not tearing them down? We should encourage, love and accept others. Isn’t that what Jesus is all about?
It frustrates me how in today’s society the message is to simply “let it go”, “brush it off”, and “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. Yes these occurrences build character, but no, you don’t have to take it, or forget about it.
When people put you down, or tell you that you aren’t of any value in this world, you have two options: firstly, you could let them degrade you, and give them all the power by accepting their jagged words and continuing to do so, which will only result in greater aggravation and depression, or you can stand up for yourself and realize that you don’t have to take the struggles that pierce your heart like a rigid sword.
Growing up in today’s society is extremely difficult. There is an exponential amount of pressure put on you to look a certain way, act a certain way, dress a certain way, listen to a specific type of music, watch a certain show/movie… But all of those things are superficial. Have you ever heard of the saying “beauty is only skin deep”? As a Christian, we must know that true beauty is what is inside your heart and soul.
Unfortunately, most people are too intertwined and obsessed with their outer image that they forget to take care of – and maintain – their inner self-image. This is very foolish because sooner or later, underneath the layer of your fake sincerity, or your so called “beauty”, the ugly nakedness of your soul and heart will be revealed. For example, if you had a chocolate covered lemon, at first glance it would look delicious. In fact, it would even taste delicious. But as you sink your teeth further in, you would soon find your lips puckering at the bitterness of the true inner object. Just because something looks nice on the outside, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s nice on the inside. Sometimes you might not feel beautiful, and based on worldly standards, none of us are. Nobody can measure up to the impossible standards of our earthly desires and perspectives. All that matters is that you are truly beautiful on the inside. So if anybody ever tells you that you aren’t good enough, or that you don’t look good enough, just remember that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes and ethnicities. Anybody who judges you based on those standards is WRONG!
Jesus isn’t like the rest of the world who judges you based on only superficial reasons. He will love you no matter what, because his love is unconditional. There is no end to his profound empathy for you. It doesn’t matter how many times you have screwed up. He is always there to forgive you, and to help you work through your mistakes. God considers you beautiful (both girls and boys), because you were created in his image. You are His glorious and most prized creation. Just remember that every gift comes in its own unique and beautiful wrapping, but something even more wonderful lies underneath, and you are Gods most precious gift. We all are!
Some verses for you to consider…
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” [1 Samuel 16:7]
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. [1 Peter 3:3-4]
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. [Song of Solomon 4:7]