What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you focusing on flaws or do you see yourself as someone God created? The world wants nothing more than to see ourselves through a cracked lens. God clarifies in Scripture that man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7). Mankind tends to view the outward more than what is happening inside. Because of this, “cracks” in how we view ourselves can form from comparison, insecurity, fear, exhaustion, unconfessed sin, rejection, betrayal, failure, and approval addiction… to name a few. How we view ourselves changes when we see and value what God sees. What someone may view as a coward, God sees as a mighty warrior.
Check out Judges 6 as an example. Gideon went from hiding in a cave to leading an army…An army that was significantly outnumbered and with God’s help, was victorious! David went from being overlooked to being anointed the future king of Israel. Man doesn’t always see the value of what is lying underneath the surface. To God, what is most beautiful is a heart that seeks and follows after Him. When we realize that our value and worth comes from the Creator instead of the created, everything changes!
It’s Time to See Yourself the Way that God Sees You!
Friend, I spent too much time looking through a cracked lens. This made my thinking unclear, and I wasted my days focusing on how everyone else’s life was perfect and far from reality. If I could go back and do it all over, here are some things I would tell myself that I want to share with you. These reminders will keep you from buying into the lies of seeing yourself differently than the priceless treasure that you are.
God can take the broken pieces in our lives and make us whole. Everyone struggles. Everyone has hard days. Everyone has times when they need a word of encouragement. No matter what is happening from the outside, we don’t always know what may be happening inside. Some of the most beautiful things are hidden beneath the surface…Diamonds and gold are a couple of examples. They are located underground and are not visible to an untrained eye. If you walked past them at first, you wouldn’t see their actual value and worth as initially they look unimpressive. It takes a process for gold and diamonds to become how you see them in jewelry stores. They go through a process, and we too, must go through a circle with the Lord of reading His promises and taking to heart His truths over our lives to understand that we are loved unconditionally and made with the utmost of care. You are not an accident. It may take time to go through difficulties and challenges and training to know what giftings and dreams you have buried beneath the surface. But, just like diamonds and gold, God will help you mine those out in your life. Your life is a treasure that does not need to be defined by others.
Cheering for you!