Time to fess up... we don't always like what we see in the mirror. Despite anything we might be taught in church about self-acceptance, it's not easy to appreciate all our God-given features. Whatever we look like, here are some sobering spiritual truths to consider: (1) Truly resenting your looks puts you at odds with God, the Creator. The Bible says, 'You have no right to argue with your Creator. You are...a clay pot shaped by a potter. The clay doesn't ask, "Why did you make me this way?''' (Isaiah 45:9 CEV). God intends us to carry His presence, as clay containers. We're not designed to just be a fancy ornament on display.
(2) Comparing your outtakes to someone's highlight reel will never give you a true perspective on humankind. Just look to the famous people who are desperately unhappy; we all need God to truly live. And, although it can be hard, let's make sure that our conception of 'good' appearance isn't decided by what we see on our screens and billboards. An airbrushed model isn't a role model. Be careful.
So, if we aren't to compare ourselves to others, what option is left? Only one - God. 'Look only to Jesus, the One who began our faith and who makes it perfect...' (Hebrews 12:2 NCV). When we focus on Him, the rat-race for popularity and good image will grow 'strangely dim'.
So what now? Search the web for a song called 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus'. You might well be familiar with it, but the lyrics apply well to this very personal subject.
Soulfood : Ex 28-29, Jn 4:1-12, Ps 89:38-52, Prov 26:23-26