Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Beauty Is In The Eye Of ...

            Take a look at various dog breeds and you will find very different features.   Some are sleek and fast, while others are slow and chunky.  Some breeds are very popular, while other breeds are hard to find.  The Chinese Crested seems to win all of the ugliest dog competitions.  The Shar-Pei looks like he is wearing someone else’s skin.  Other breeds look like they were designed from spare parts.  Yet each dog has a skill, an instinctual ability, and a purpose.  There is a purpose for the way they are built. 

            People are even more unique.  No two of us are exactly alike.  We can be tall or short, have big ears or bulbous noses.  We may have long skinny feet, or short stocky legs.  Hair color varies, as does skin color.  And though we are unique we try not to stand out. 

            We have bought into the belief that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  And since others are the “beholders”, we concern ourselves with becoming what others will consider beautiful.  This takes the focus off of uniqueness and places it on sameness.  We feed the problem of self-image because we are using the wrong frame of reference.

            Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder.  Beauty is in the eye of the maker.  The Psalmist wrote, “For You formed my inward parts; 
You wove me in my mother’s womb.  I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
Wonderful are Your works, 
And my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:13-14). 

            When you look in the mirror are you awestruck by the fact that you were fearfully and wonderfully made?  The fact that God created you just the way he wanted you to be while you were still in your mother’s womb is an amazing truth to grasp.  God doesn’t make junk.  He made you the way he wanted you to be.  You may not understand why God made you to look the way you do, but there is a reason.  You may have the wrinkles of a Shar-pei, or the frailty of a Chihuahua.  You may be lean and strong, or walk with a limp, but if that is the way you were created then that is what God wanted you to be like.  And since God doesn’t make junk, there is a purpose for you being you.

            “Your hands made me and fashioned me; 
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments” (Psalm 119:73).  Instead of worrying about how others behold you, pray that the God who fashioned you with his own hands would give you understanding.  He created you and gifted you for a purpose, His purpose.  “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).

            The next time someone tries to devalue you, or you tear yourself down with negative self-talk, state boldly and with confidence, “Beauty is in the eye of the maker, and my maker loves me!”

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