This weekend, I posted a picture of myself on my Instagram that was me without makeup enjoying the snow. It was by far my most “liked” and commented on photo to date. It reminded me of this post I shared a while back. This is still very dear to my heart and I wanted to share it again. We are beautiful people inside and out. The media defines a certain look of beauty but help me as I try to redefine that image.
The other night, I was sitting in my bed about to head to sleep and God came and interrupted my life in a beautiful way. It was like I got hit in the head, God opened my eyes to this revolution I need to be spreading. I kept thinking these three words… REDEFINE THE IMAGE.
The way I see myself is horrible and I can all but guarantee I am not the only one who feels that way about themselves. Our society has taken the image of a successful and worthy woman and morphed it into something far from what Christ would claim as worthy. Size, relationship status, money, clothes, talent, and looks…all these things are what our society has given us as the image of a woman worthy of love, success, and encouragement.
I’m here to tell you something… we need to REDEFINE THAT IMAGE. Our lives are not worthy because we are skinny, tall, rich, in a long term relationship, or anything else. Girls and women are constantly not living up to the standards that the world has presented for them and the standards they set for themselves because the image we long for is not the image Christ longs for us to be.
My heart cries for myself to see myself the way Christ sees me. He believes that I am beautiful, capable, worth the wait, and worthy of much more than I let myself believe. I long to look at myself and be thankful for the image I see, the image of Christ; but instead I am tied up on worldly aspects of my life-like my size and relationship status that reads single. I believe that God has incredible things in store for me and for you…we just need to understand that We are his beloved.
Psalm 18:19…”He rescued me because He delighted in me…”
Holy cow! Christ, the Savior of the world, delights in me. THAT is the image I want to see when I look at myself…not self-hate because of the world standards that I can never live up too.
Want to join me in my pursuit to REDEFINE THE IMAGE…I hope you do. Christ loves you more than anyone ever could. You are loved, wanted, worthy, and beautiful; these are the images we should see when we look at ourselves.
Jeremiah 31:3… “I have loved you with an everlasting love…”
God notices you. He wants you to see yourself through HIS eyes. In a bethel song called “you don’t miss a thing”—there’s a line that says, “In a crowd of ten thousand, you don’t miss a thing.” God is always there. And I don’t believe that he wants us to imagine these “perfect” people in society as the image that we should be…I believe that he longs for us to see himself when we look at ourselves.
Join me in this movement…as I daily try to REDEFINE THE IMAGE of what I should look and be like into what Christ sees when he sees me. Use #redefinetheimage in pictures, tweets, and posts!