Anna is perfect. Not too heavy or too skinny, too tall or too short. Brown locks billow down her back and big, sea-blue eyes peer at you below thick, dark lashes. She has the most lovely voice, the happiest bounce to her step, and the cutest outfits. On top of all that, she's on fire for Christ and satisfied in her relationship with Him. Anna's the kind of girl that you look at and whisper to yourself, " I wish God made me like her." Beautiful, kind, and satisfied. Compared to you- the messy bun, jeans and a tee-shirt, failure of a Christian that you think you are- this girl has it all together.
Every girl has an "Anna" in their lives. Everyone knows that girl who seems to have it all together. In reality, there will always be someone who will seem better than you. Someone who you will compare yourself with. Someone like Anna, who is clueless about the impact she has on your self image as a young teenager, or even as an adult. But we've got to stop comparing. We've got to stop telling ourselves we aren't good enough. Remember Psalm 139? "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." You. Not Anna, not the girl next door, not your sister, not your best friend. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. God specifically made you the way you are to work through you to accomplish His will on this earth. You are special and loved and God CAN use you to make a difference in this world. So stop comparing yourself to others. Embrace who you are and who He's made you to be.
With that said, I want to challenge you to make a list of all the lies you feed yourself about your self image every day. Then, right next to each lie, write a truth from God's Word. I did this this morning. What an encouragement to have something to hold on to when you are overwhelmed with negative thoughts about yourself. Use google! Googling Bible verses about your struggles can come up with some really great results. 🙂 When you are finished, hang your chart somewhere where you'll see it often. Let it remind you of how much you are worth to God. If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to leave a comment! Comments encourage me so much, and also give me ideas for future posts. 🙂 Have an amazing week!