There is certainly no quick answer to that question. It’s very easy to pinpoint some of the things that do not help us to appreciate our own beauty. Everywhere we turn we are fed images of what beauty is supposed to look like and when don’t look like those images we can easily assume that we are not beautiful. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
When we operate from a position of knowing who we are at our core – a child of God – loved beyond measure- it bursts from inside of us causing us to shine on the outside. Here’s what 1 Peter 3:3-4 says:
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.
Note that the verse doesn’t say we shouldn’t wear jewelry or care about our outer appearance but that our beauty should not COME from those things. I often think about Mother Theresa when I think of the quiet confidence that is referred to in this verse. What a beautiful woman she was! Her beauty came from within herself. She knew who she was and what she had to offer and she gently and quietly went about her business changing lives and bringing love and hope to thousands.
When we are unhappy with ourself our spirit is not quiet. It is warring inside of us and it ends up showing on the outside. When our confidence and self esteem are low, our spirit is not at rest and it speaks loudly and clearly to those around us.
So how do we begin to get back to a place where our spirit is at rest inside of us?
It starts with 3 words. I AM ENOUGH.
You, just the way you are with your scars and your weaknesses are worthy of the love of the Creator of the universe. God knows every hair on your head and his thoughts of you are so many that they can’t be counted. He has a purpose for you in this season of your life and He wants your spirit to be at rest so that His love can shine through you.
Take a deep breath right where you are and say these words… I AM ENOUGH.
Stop trying so hard. There is nothing you could do today that could make Him love you more than He already does!