Growing up I had several insecurities concerning my body; the biggest ones were my height and weight. Growing up I was taller than all of my friends throughout my jr. high and high school years. Constantly, I would hear people say to me “How you are so tall!” or “Wow, you are so skinny!”. I knew I was tall and having people tell me didn’t help how I was feeling. I could feel my insecurity beginning to grow.
My dad is 6’3” and my mom is 5’6” thus I knew I be tall from their heights. However, I didn’t expect to be 5’9” in high school. I stopped growing early in my high school years. My height also affected my outfits because I wouldn’t wear heels or any shoes that would make me taller than I already was; I was tall enough. When I looked in the mirror, I didn’t like the girl I was seeing. She was awkward, insecure, tall, and didn’t fit in. She wasn’t like the rest of the girls. She was skinny with no shape and taller than the average woman.
Every woman at one point or another in her life can relate to what I was going through. We all have insecurities when it comes to our body. Magazines, air brushed models, and Hollywood all tell us we need to have this sort of body type, wear these certain clothes, and have this certain height. No woman was designed to meet these standards!
Learning to Love Who You Are
We all need to learn to love who we are and how God has made us. But if we are made in God’s image like the Bible says, then we need to start living with the freedom found in this truth!
Darling, you are beautiful and Christ sees no flaw in who you are because you are made perfectly in His image! Don’t allow the world, society, or anyone else to tell you any different. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. The woman in the mirror is the women that God sees as His daughter!
I learned to love the girl in the mirror. I learned to love who I was. I learned to love my imperfections because those are what make me special. I don’t need Hollywood telling me what I should or shouldn’t look like. The Lord tells me who I am in Him. That is more than enough for me. It takes time to love the woman in the mirror. I have since learned to love my height and I love being able to dress up for different occasions and yes, I’ll wear heels too!
You Are Perfect At Being You
We all have our insecurities about ourselves; our body, our personality, how we can never measure up, that we will never be good enough. You are not the only one who feels that way. If you were to ask anyone around you, they would tell you they have their own insecurities or things they don’t like about themselves. But instead of wallowing in our insecurities, we need to appreciate those things about ourselves. God made us unique and perfect in His image. He tells us that there is no flaw in us. That we are fearfully and wonderfully made in Him!
You may not be a model or perfect by the worlds standards, but if were the same as everyone else than what would make you, YOU? There will always be someone who you will never measure up to, but God doesn’t call us to measure ourselves by the world around us. Instead, He calls us to measure ourselves by how He views us. He calls you daughter, beautiful one, cherished by Him.
God made you exactly how you are. There is no one else in the world who is just like you! But, too often we spend out time measuring ourselves by the standards of those around us and not appreciating who God made us to be. If we spent more time appreciating who God made us to be instead of comparing ourselves to others around us, then I think we would see how wonderfully made we are.
Find a friend today and encourage her in who God has created her to be! Journal things about yourself that maybe you are insecure about and ask the Lord to help you love and appreciate those unique qualities about you. Darling, there is no one more special than YOU!
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” –Song of Solomon 4:7