Do you know your worth?
When you look at yourself, what do you see?
Verse 10 of Proverbs 31 states the following:
10 A woman of noble character, who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Do you know your worth?
Sometimes, we don’t see ourselves in the light of His truth. We see ourselves as “not enough”, we point out our flaws and we think we have a long way to go in order to be truly and wholly beautiful.
“If I could only change this, and that…if I were more like this, and that…”
What if I told you that you can be beautiful right now? What if I told you you are already beautiful?
I’m speaking to myself right now. It’s hard to see ourselves that way.
I’ll share with you an embarrassing – but relevant – story. Rewind to elementary school. All the girls made fun of my legs. According to them, my legs were “fat” and “ugly”. Those words resounded in my mind for the longest time.
I was determined: I was going to have skinny, chicken legs. I started going to the gym with my family and did extra time on the leg weights. Of course, my logic was apparently not developed enough to understand that working on your legs actually makes them, well…MORE shaped.
Imagine my horror when the trainer was measuring my body a few months later and said: “Congratulations! You gained leg muscle and now they are two inches bigger!”.
I was freaking out. Nothing I could do could make me have those chicken legs I so – foolishly – wanted.
Little did I know that what I thought to be my biggest flaw turned out to be one of my greatest attributes. I can safely – and with a bit of holy pride – say that right now my legs are one of the things I love the most about myself – and even get compliments on.
All that time spent worrying about my flaws was really time wasted. I did not see myself as He saw me.
It’s ok to love yourself
Yes, I get it. You are not perfect. You have _____ and ______, not to mention ______ and ______ and your hair is ________ and your skin is _______ and you have the bad habit of _______.
But God doesn’t see you that way. In Zephaniah 3:17, you can see that God delights in you:
“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Even more so, in Psalm 139:14, we understand we were “fearfully and wonderfully made”. God took time to fashion every little detail of yourself. You are God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10), his unique, beautiful work of art.
You see, when you allow Jesus to live inside of you, something pretty extraordinary happens.
While you see your flaws and failures, you are “holy and blameless in His sight” (Ephesians 1:4).
God sees His Son in you. Jesus’ blood covers all your sins and imperfections. Consequently, He sees you as perfect.
And He is head over heels for you.
You are a daughter of a King. You are beautiful. Start seeing yourself that way. You will be amazed at how that self-worth will make you even more beautiful and secure of yourself.
Thank God for creating you – every inch of you. Embrace who you are, but most importantly, who you are in Him.
Ask Him to transform those things that keep you from becoming the woman you were created to be.
Don’t waste time looking for the flaws and take time looking for your artist!
How do I see myself? Do I see myself as His work of art?
Does my outlook on my flaws and imperfections prevent me from doing the things He has commanded me to do?