Have you had this happen?
Inevitably it strikes, every so often, when…(Cue dramatic music) It’s time to get dressed.
I’ve had three beautiful children, and those years have most definitely left their mark. I’m over a year postpartum from my last, and with three kids, a husband, a house, job, a ministry, and endless laundry (where does it all come from?), you can imagine I haven’t had a whole lot of time to get back to my ideal shape (i.e. NOT fluffy).
Anyway, all that to say that getting dressed to leave the house is… a process.
Not just digging through the closet, but digging through those voices in my head.
Have you been there… Are you there?
Society screams at us that the outside matters: your makeup matters, your size matters, and your clothes matter.
Magazines tout it.
Stores sell it.
And we buy it.
All the while we’re trying to juggle schedules, come to terms with the aging process and deal with the aftermath of creating a human being.
I don’t know about you, but this often leaves me feeling inept, worthless and even envious.
It’s so easy to fall into the appearance trap.
The trap that makes us believe our worth lies in what we look like or what we do; the trap that tells us we will gain approval if we dress a certain way, or fit a certain body type.
So how can we avoid it?
As with every area of our life we have to lay the truth of God over our feelings and cause our beliefs to line up with His Word.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says, “What matters is not your outer appearance- the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes— but of your inner disposition. Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in.”
Doesn’t His truth just zap you right back to reality? It sure does for me.
God is saying, “Inside-out. The world only looks at the outside- but I look at the heart, and it’s the heart that matters."
In a world that screams, “Outside-in,” it’s so easy to forget the truth:
That wearing yoga pants, having a little more to love around the waistline and some grey roots don’t take away from our worth.
As daughters of the most high King, we are lavishly loved and infinitely valued because of who we are.
And the King-- our Father-- delights not in our outward appearance, but in the inner beauty that is blossoming within us as we draw near to Him and become more like His Son every day.
So next time society takes a stab at our self-esteem, let’s throw it a one-two punch with the truth of God’s word buried deep within us.
The truth that says,
I am loved.
I am valued.
I am beautiful.
I am a Daughter of the King.