It's so tempting to let our appearances
determine the state of our well-being.
If we like the way we look in our clothes,
then we're happy. If we don't, we're not.
It seems kind of silly, doesn't it, when
we look at it objectively? And yet, it's
hard when we look in the mirror and really
don't like what we see.
Eugene Peterson's - The
translation of Matt 6:27-28
is very appropriate:
Has anyone by fussing in front of the
mirror ever gotten taller by so much as
an inch? All this time and money wasted
on fashion-do you think it makes that
We may have to trade in our old concepts
of ourselves and our bodies for new, freer
concepts. When we identify ourselves as
God's children, spiritual and good, we
begin to understand that happiness itself
is spiritual, and we start experiencing
happiness. Loving ourselves then becomes
natural and easy.
Here are a few tips to help you be happy
and love yourself:
- Make a gratitude list.
- Be grateful for everything God
does for you.
- Be grateful for everything you
are and everything you have.
- Write down what qualities or characteristics
make someone beautiful or handsome.
- Express or live those qualities
- Love those God-given qualities
that you now express.
There was an article a friend sent me
on the web. The theme went something like
this: "If you want beautiful lips,
speak kind words." The author applied
this type of analysis to every part of
the body. Let's do this for ourselves.
If we are living with beauty, grace,
strength, and dominion, our bodies will
ultimately reflect that God-given dominion.
We will love God's image our real
identities. Moreover, we will be better
equipped to love others.