Some of you might say, “Of course!” But others will know exactly what I’m saying. It all depends on how you view yourself.
Who are you, really? Do you get up in the morning, weigh yourself, and then let your weight set the tone for the rest of your day? Sad to say, many do exactly that! And it’s not just the scale that dictates to us, but the mirror too: too fat, too skinny, too plain, too bald, etc. This has to change!
So, how do we change? How do we not let our looks dictate our attitude? That’s what I’m going to address and, hopefully, help those who only see through the eyes of their bathroom scale and mirror.
Let’s start with who we really are. How do we even know who we really are? Well, that part is easy—we are who God says we are. You can’t get any better than that! But, the problem lies not in who God says we are, but who we perceive we are.
Unfortunately, our perception is colored, and many times determined, by how other people perceive us. Too often we let the world define us instead of our loving Heavenly Father, Whose we are and Whom we serve.
The Word of God says that we are the apple of God’s eye (Ps. 17:8; Zech.2:8) and that He loves us with an everlasting love (Jer.31:3). He said He would never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5), that we’re in His family for all eternity (Eph. 3:14-15), and He holds us in the palm of His hand (Isa. 49:16 Amp.)!
Continuing on, God’s Word tells us that we are in right standing with Him (1 Cor. 1:30) through the Blood of Jesus (1 John 1:7), and that He’s given us power and authority over all the power of the devil and nothing by any means shall hurt us (Luke 10:19). And that’s just the tip of the ol’ proverbial iceberg!
God tells us in His Word that He loves us with the same love that He loves Jesus (John 17:23) and that we even have the faith of Jesus (Gal. 2:20) residing in us. Wow! We can’t lose because we’re more than conquerors through the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:37)!
Of course, all of the above is contingent upon your being born-again, having made Jesus your Lord and Savior (John 3:3, 7). But that’s easy to do because it’s God’s free gift to us. All we have to do is accept His free gift of Jesus to us (Rom. 10:9-10).
Summing it up, we are more than the number on the bathroom scale or what the mirror reflects. Of course, we want to look good and do the best we can with what we have but you can’t have a relationship with a person’s physique. We have a relationship with people who are made up of personalities, attitudes, thoughts, emotions, dreams, visions, desires, etc. – not with good looks, bad looks, fat, skinny, tall, short, hairy or bald.
We are what God says we are and He’s the One Who counts because He’s the One we’ll spend all eternity with. Praise the Lord for His unspeakable gift of – Jesus – and His loving kindness to us!
Look forward to 2019 as being your best year ever!