How does God see me?

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139;13-14

God made me. He designed me to be exactly who I am. Since I don't believe that God makes mistakes, I praise Him that He chose my eye color, hair color, skin color, my height, my complexion, my personality... all of it. Often times, I wish God had chosen differently; especially when I was growing up. I was taller than the boys, I had curly hair, I needed braces, I had freckles, and I was chubby. It was awful! Even now, I stand in the mirror and curse my wild greying hair, my wrinkles, and my body shape.

Where does this discontentment come from? Again, I believe it comes from our need to compare ourselves to others. This tendency makes millions of dollars for advertisers, because we love to buy products that make us feel better about ourselves. The media loves to show us what is beautiful, popular, and valued.

I recently watched the movie, "I feel pretty", and while it was full of funny moments, the monologue given by the main character near the end brought me to tears when she said:

"When we're little girls, we have all the confidence in the world. We let our bellies hang out and we just dance and play and pick our wedgies...and then these things happen and they make us question ourselves. Somebody says something mean to you on the playground, and then we grow up and doubt ourselves over and over again, until we lose all that confidence, all that self-esteem, all that faith you started with is gone."

Sadly, this is exactly what happens, to both girls and boys. The idea of comparison is introduced at a very young age, and once we begin to see ourselves through the lens of how we compare to others, we begin to feel like we are never enough. God created you to be enough. You are exactly who you were designed to be. You are perfect in His sight and you can never be more loved that you are right now.

Heavenly Father, thank you that you created me just the way I am. Thank you that you have a purpose and a plan for my life, and you have given me exactly what I need. Forgive me for the times that I am dissatisfied with my body, my appearance, or my attributes. Forgive me for thinking that I know better. Just as I look at my children with love and complete adoration- I wouldn't change a thing about them, they are perfect in my eyes. This is how you see me. Thank you Lord, for loving me through the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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