Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see someone that is intellectual, funny, has a gorgeous smile, drop-dead blue eyes and the perfect curvy figure? Probably not. Most likely you wish something was different about you. Possibly physically… Straighter teeth? Skinnier body? Longer legs? Or maybe you would change something about your personality… Smarter? Funnier? More outgoing? I’m sure we would all change at least one thing about ourselves.
Society tells us what to look like, how to act, what to wear, etc. We can’t turn on the television or open a magazine without the world pushing us towards being the “ideal” woman or the “ideal” man. And no matter how hard we try, we’ll never live up to their expectations. But the thing is, God doesn’t want us to and we shouldn’t want to either.
Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and my soul knows very well.” In the original Hebrew text, the word fearfully means with great reverence and heart-felt interest and respect. The word wonderfully means unique, set apart, uniquely marvelous. Dear friend, we are each fearfully and wonderfully made! No wonder the psalmist was so excited! Can you hear the passion and joy in his voice? He realized just how much love and attention was put into his individual creation.
When God created us, He didn’t make any mistakes. He made us exactly the way He planned, with an exact purpose for each and every tiny, little detail. When we were in our mother’s womb, He uniquely designed us, our eye color, hair color, our size and shape, every little bit. He paid such close attention to every part of our unique creation. We are truly a one-of-a-kind Master piece! And when we try so hard to be and look like someone else, we are dismissing the wonderful creation that God made.
You are a beautiful creation dear friend! Don’t ever doubt that! And the next time you look in the mirror, be proud of who you are and love the person that God has uniquely designed. You were made in the image of God and that is truly something beautiful.