Dear Brave Friend,
The noise in the world can be loud sometimes. I know, I hear it too — a flood of opinions telling you who you should strive to be.
You look in the mirror and wonder, “Who am I?”
You long to be accepted, appreciated, and loved. You long to be free of the lies that say you don’t measure up. You long to be told that you are valuable and that the work you are doing is meaningful.
Sometimes comparison steals your joy when you’re around people who seem more put together than you, when you scroll through your news feed of happy faces, and when you see flawless images of other people.
You step on the scale or try on those jeans that you bought hoping someday they would fit, thinking that maybe your worth is in a number. You try to hide the blemishes and dark circles and wrinkles because what would others think if they saw the undone you?
You wish you had more talents, less problems, more confidence, less insecurities, more of what your friends have, less self-perceived flaws…
There must be a cure for the “imperfections” — right?
No matter what this culture tells you, striving to be someone that you are not will only empty of you of true joy.
Before you made your entrance into this world and let out that first cry, your Maker wonderfully designed you from the color of your hair and your eyes and your skin all the way to the personality within you.
He made you unique. There is no one just like you.
The mirror may not always speak your love language but your Maker does. The more time you spend in His presence, the more you will be satisfied because the real secret to being content is found in knowing that you are a beloved child of God.
You are His. He loves you. He adores you. He is for you. He put you here for a reason and His plans for you are bigger than anything you could dream up.
You were made in the image of God. You were made in the image of God Himself. Soak that in.
God’s love is where your freedom lives. It’s what equips you to be brave and live a life that chooses Truth over lies — chooses what HE says over the echos of the world.
So, it’s okay to be brave and take off the mask.
Finding a cure for those imperfections or the things you don’t like about yourself won’t bring you lasting joy, but being found in the One who identifies you and perfects you will.
Whether you’re free spirited or predictable, messy or organized, quiet or loud, athletic or artistic, a dreamer or a realist, serious or funny, slow-to-warm-up or quick-to-jump-in…
Whether you have dark hair or light hair, blue eyes or brown eyes, whether you’re short or tall or somewhere in the middle…
You are God’s child made to reflect a part of Him.
As you stay in tune with God’s Voice of Truth, the noise of this world will start to fade. He will renew your mind, offering you freedom and eyes to see just how valuable and special you are to Him.
Be uniquely you,