Last week, I stopped into a Brandy Melville store, which is well-known for their “one-size-fits-all.” As I casually looked around the store, I grabbed a few articles of clothing, and headed to the dressing room. As I am trying on my clothes that I picked out, I hear two girls talking in the dressing room beside mine.
I overheard one girl mentioning that “If only I had the ideal body,” than she could wear these clothes. Then her friend begins to add-on saying, “If only I had self-confidence than I would buy this outfit.” Both girls continued on casually chatting about how they lacked confidence in their beauty and in themselves, because they felt as if they lacked the “ideal body.” As I walked around nyc that day, those words stuck with me. Maybe it was because my mind was thinking of those two girls, but I began to notice those similar words being repeated through the city… “if only.”
My heart broke.
I understand that everyone, including myself, at our worst moments can begin to doubt ourselves and our true beauty in the eyes of the Lord. We get lost in the world around us, comparing ourselves to who the world believes is “ideal.”
In those times, we forget who we are. If only we remembered where our identity truly lies in those moments that we are tempted to doubt ourselves.
You are strong. You are important. You are valuable. You are worthy. You are beautiful.
God didn’t put you on this earth to fill up space, He put you on this earth to fulfill His plan. You have a purpose beyond your greatest imagination, but God needs us to remember our true identity comes from Him, not from the world we are residing in. We are daughters of the King. And no one can take that name away from us. Because true confidence can only come from the Lord, from our faith in our God.
This was a reminder to me that everyone is searching to find themselves in this world, but until we find Christ, we will never be satisfied. For it is in Christ that we find out who we are, and what we are living for. Because Christ has always known you and has always had a plan for you, He is just so desperately waiting for you to fully receive Him into your life (Ephesians 1:11-12).So, go out into this world, and be the light so desperately needed.
You are worthy and valuable.
Psalm 139:13-15, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”
You are known and very loved.
1 John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
You are beautiful and unique.
Proverbs 31:30, “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
Please let me know if I can ever pray for you.