Have you ever felt down about your appearance? Maybe it’s your eye color, your hair color, your weight or height…the list can go on and on. You hear the message “Be Yourself” and “Accept the Way You’re Created” so maybe it cheers you up for a little bit, but soon you forget it and you go on comparing yourself again – which is way wrong.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.
See, let me share with you something about that. When you insult your appearance, you insult God. That sound a little over-excessive? Let’s put it into story-form.
Imagine that you drew a picture of a face. (Artistic abilities do not apply in this case) You’re really proud of it – you finally got the eyes right and the mouth is near perfect. You’re holding it up to the light, thinking about framing it maybe, but all of sudden, it says something. Something along the lines of this:
“Why couldn’t I have blonde hair instead of being brunette? Ugh. Oh, that little freckle is annoying me so much – I could be so pretty without it! If only I had a nice complexion and curly hair…I’d be so much happier then!”
(Note: We are disregarding the fact that pictures do not and cannot talk)
How would you feel? Insulted, right? I mean, you just created that face and now it’s basically telling you that you messed up! Well, Romans 9:20-21 gives us a pretty good verse telling us that God feels the same way.
But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
We all believe that God created us, right? Well, when you complain about how you look, you’re basically accusing God of making mistakes. He doesn’t. God never, never, never, let me repeat never makes mistakes in how you’re made.
If you believe that you’d be prettier with longer lashes – let me tell you, I’ve thought that a lot – then you’re really actually saying that God didn’t know what He was doing when He created you. Is that really what you want to say?
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
A lot of girls in our society don’t know that, though. They believe that wearing tons of makeup to cover those freckles or using dye to change that hair will answer their problems and make them beautiful. They’re wrong. By doing that, you are insulting God.
Even if you think, “Oh well, I don’t really complain that much and I really don’t put on as much makeup as the next girl” that isn’t an excuse. In fact, it’s even worse because you’re putting others down and feeding your pride while you’re at it.
So, I want you all to be satisfied with the way that you are made. Even if you believe that you’d be prettier with a few pounds shed or a different eye color, you wouldn’t be. God knew exactly what He meant when He created you, and if you try to change anything about that, you’re saying that He was wrong. Would you really want to go through such terrible extremes? I think not.
Thank you so much for reading, and God bless you! Because believe it or not, He loves you. ❤
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.