'Love the way
  you look'

Friday Reflection

18th September 2020

'want to change any part?'

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them.
   ... Genesis 1:27. NIV

Do you love the way you look?
Would you want to change any part of you?
My granddaughter (in her early 20's now)
who is very self-aware
has hated her nose
(inherited from her paternal grandfather;
it is distinctive)
since she was a child
and cannot wait to get together enough money
to have it reshaped.

Too many of us have been programmed
- by media -
to believe that our bodies are not acceptable,
or beautiful,
unless they are perfectly proportioned.
Is there anywhere in the Bible
a verse to help someone who feels too short,
too tall, too thin, too wide, not good looking?

Yes there is!>

27 So God created mankind
   in his own image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them.
   ... Genesis 1:27. NIV

Many people are always chasing
the unending quest for perfection.
We have credit cards
armed and ready to try something,
anything, to achieve perfection;
clothing, hairstyles,
beauty treatments, plastic surgery.

But what is perfection?
It seems to me that 'perfection'
changes from year to year
as the fads of society changes.

I had one person say to me,
'Thank goodness for lock-down,
I can relax in my pj's,
my hair a mess and NO MAKEUP all day!'

The quest for perfection can be exhausting
and I believe the enemy uses shame
to keep us stuck
with thoughts on ourselves, not God.

How dare we be ashamed of the temple
where God has chosen to live?
For that is what our bodies are;
having accepted Jesus into our lives
we are inhabited by the Holy Spirit;
we are loved,
forgiven children of God.
This is the Good News.

So we can ask God to help us remember who we are,
and whose we are;
to open our eyes and minds to see
and understand that we are his masterpieces,
created in his image
and thank him that he loves us
completely even when we have a bad day
and don't love ourselves.