Can any of us honestly look in the mirror and say, hand over heart without a hint of doubt: “I praise you because I am wonderfully and fearfully made.”? Or do we secretly think, “I wish my nose was smaller…my stomach flatter…my thighs firmer…”?
Why are our looks so important to us? Why do we put some much of our self worth and value into our appearance?
Partly because in our culture how you look is exactly how you’re judged.
Why do we get consumed by this? Shouldn’t we be putting more effort into the fruit we bear so that those around us may judge our actions, not our looks, and see Christ in us? We live in a constant “comparative crisis.” The media all around us tries to persuade us that our bodies need to be perfect and flawless. And we listen. And then we fill our minds with self doubt and our once soaring confidence begins to fade away. Suddenly, stinkin’ thinkin’ consumes you. Why? Oh why, do we let the media shape our thoughts, when we know it is He who knit us together and He makes no mistakes.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
–Psalm 139: 13-16
Why do we believe the world and not our Lord? Something has to change.