Mirrors are everywhere. They are a decoration in your hallway, a dark storefront window, a front-facing camera on your phone, and a tool to help you drive. You can’t help but make sure your face, hair, and body are looking at its best every time you come across your reflection. Now be honest… how often do you stare at yourself and feel dissatisfied? Without even hesitating most of us can pinpoint the one thing we would prefer to change about ourselves. Without hesitation, we can name at least one person we would rather see staring back at us.
All over social media you will see post after post about how unimportant physical appearance should be and to love yourself; yet, scattered throughout those posts, we find selfie after selfie striving for acceptance. Somewhere the message of “loving yourself” got lost – it has been drowned out by the buzz of celebrities and gossip, the whispers of beauty tips, the amped up energy of fitness plans, and unfortunately, above all, the silent competition between others.
Yes, this is another one of those posts about loving who you are. But, it’s more than just being content with your reflection. It’s about knowing that the person in the mirror staring back at you was uniquely and purposefully created; it’s about looking at your reflection and knowing that all you see and all that you are was created perfectly by God.
Psalm 139 says, “…For you have formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Realize that you have been created to be exactly who you are. You were specifically formed, created, and placed in your mother’s womb to be born as YOU!
My favorite part though is the second half, “marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” In NIV it says, “…Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” The psalmist is acknowledging God’s work in him as “marvelous” – extraordinary, breathtaking. His very soul knows God’s work is marvelous; we need to believe that truth too! Our uniqueness – the differences between one another – is a marvelous work of God and the very depths of our souls need to believe that. The perfection of His work includes your appearance, but it’s so much deeper than that; it’s about your personality, your strengths, your passions, your heart and soul. When you look into a mirror you need to see past the physical and see your inwards that were formed by our perfect Creator.
You are “wonderfully made” – you are distinct, you are rare, you have your own special purpose. There is no one like you! Let that sink in… there is no other YOU! God created you to be one of a kind, different from everybody else. It’s time to really bask in the truth of who you are, individually. God designed you specifically with your unique personality traits, strengths, and skill set so that you can walk in the purpose He has for you. The world teaches us to compare ourselves to one another, so we get caught up in trying to be as much like someone else as possible, but how much greater would it be to walk in truth of who you are meant to be without comparing yourself to those around you?
The worst thing you can do to yourself is to try and be someone or something outside of who God created you to be. Being who you were made to be allows you to be at your full potential. If you are trying to change to be like somebody else, you will always be struggling and never feel satisfied. When you walk in the gifts and strengths that God designed you for, you will thrive. It is so comforting and freeing to know you don’t have to strive to be like somebody else because you are best at being you.
Maybe we can’t get rid of the mirrors surrounding us, but we don’t need to. Now, we can confidently look past the deception of this world to our true reflection and say, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made and no one can be a better me than the me that God created.”
For His glory,
Brianna Brown is a follower of Jesus, from the Midwest, living in San Diego since 2012. She has a B.A. in English from Illinois State University. In 2014, she graduated from IMPACT195 School of Ministry and since then, has been serving there as a mentor and an intern in the media/communications department. She is passionate about loving others and being a light to those around her and hopes to continue to do so as a missionary around the globe.