Have you ever had one of those mornings when you wake up, browse through your closet, maybe try on a few outfits, and then throw your hands in the air and complain about how nothing looks right? I am definitely guilty of this, and I bet you are too.
Thanks to social media and entertainment culture, we are constantly bombarded with images of women who seem to live lives of flawlessness. They are sitting in their spotless homes with their perfectly messy hair on Instagram. They are posing beautifully in exquisitely curated outfits on Pinterest. They are even looking great in candid photos on Snapchat.
Sometimes seeing these “perfect” women affects the views we have of ourselves. We look in the mirror and reject our own beauty because hours of staring at lovely captured moments of their lives makes us want to see their faces or bodies instead of our own.
In case you haven’t heard, let me tell you that comparison is the thief of joy. It sneaks into our heads and hearts through all sorts of channels. Once we’ve let it in, comparison starts to whisper lies—You are not beautiful. You will never and should never accept yourself. You are not enough.
My beautiful friend, please do not let comparison gain a foothold in your life. Even if you don’t like how any clothing fits you today, don’t run to social media for affirmation or to your bed for comfort. Run to the arms of Jesus.
Tell Him you are hurting.
Ask Him for help.
He won’t call you petty, He won’t call you weak, and He certainly won’t affirm any lies that the enemy is telling you.
Here’s what he will say:
“Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you?” (Matt. 6:28-30)
In God’s eyes, you are far more precious than a flower, and you are more than what you wear or how you wear it. You are a treasured creation, and there’s nothing you could do to your body to make Him love you any more than he already does. Find comfort in that fact, and let the beauty that comes from the joy of knowing the love of the Lord flow out of you today.
Instead of throwing your hands up in frustration when nothing seems to fit, clothe yourself with the strength, confidence and truth that Jesus offers. Choose to see yourself the way God sees you—as an exquisite creation with unique features. Most importantly, I hope you will believe with all of your heart that you are enough because God has said that you are.
Get Healthy, Happy & FIT God’s Way,
Kim Dolan Leto