He Loves Me for Me
In yesterday's post I talked about peace through the hard times. But God not only offers peace from outside situations. He offers peace with self.
I'm sure all of us have said, "I wish I was a little bit taller. I wish was a little bit smaller. I wish I had a little less junk in the trunk. I wish I was more 'blessed.' I wish I wasn't so blessed. I wish I was more outgoing. I wish I would learn to shut my mouth."
Or something like that. It's easy to be dissatisfied with self. After all everyone on TV looks perfect and so should we, right? Wrong. Most of those people's images have been edited so that they look perfect on TV.
But whether those images are real or not, they set the standard for perfection, and many go to great lengths to reach that standard. And when they fail, they get depressed.
The thing is that God made each and every one of us to look how He wanted us to look. We are all "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14) God doesn't make mistakes, but many of us constantly whine about how we are made.
I'm guilty. God made me 5'1" with low metabolism (read short and chunky.) But I'm healthy. Seriously, my blood pressure is excellent. My cholesterol is excellent. God has blessed me, though at times I wish I looked differently. He loves me for me.
The thing is that I can't make myself taller (Luke 12:25, "And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?"), and though I can try to lose some weight, it shouldn't be my all-consuming goal.
Christ should be my all-consuming goal (Philippians 3:14). If I keep my focus on Christ, He will give me peace about the rest. I'm not saying it's evil to diet and excercise. I'm trying to do both. But if I focus only on those things, I will never have peace.
Take a look at yourself today. Remember that God made you just the way you are. You were formed by the Creator of the Universe. And He loves you just the way you are!