I get frustrated over my height. I don’t like standing out in a crowd and I face the never ending battle of finding pants that are long enough for me (the struggle is real).
I get annoyed at having to wear glasses. My eye sight is really poor and I can not go a moment without them. My toddler leaves smudge marks all over them, my hair gets caught in the hinges and I can never find them in the middle of the night when I need them.
I don’t like the way I hide from people when I see them in the supermarket because sometimes I feel socially awkward and I just don’t know what to say to them.
Honestly I could probably go on forever listing the things that plague me. They are silly things, but still things that get to me every now and then.
We can become so good at pointing out our flaws and our bad habits but yet we struggle when it comes to finding the gold within ourselves. We quickly forget our lovely qualities, the things that people are drawn to in us, the wonderful things that make us who we are.
Of course there are little things that I can change so that I feel better in my self. Eating better, exercising more, working on my conversation skills and wearing contact lenses instead of my glasses and just let my hubby get up to the kids in the middle of the night so that I dot have to struggle to find my glasses!
The more that I try to fix the things I dislike the more discouraged I feel about myself and that is never a good feeling. Instead I shift my focus. I own my weaknesses and my strengths. I am created in the image of God, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God is excited about who I am and I need to think that way too.
We need to understand that we are deeply loved and accepted by God, sons and daughters of the King. He accepts us so we should accept ourselves also. To love other people we have to first love ourselves as God implies for us to do. Self hatred is not biblical. Self acceptance helps us to accept our unchangeable physical features and our weaknesses and we can then focus on the more important things in life such as our character.
As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Nelson Mandela