The other day a young lady told me that she didn’t feel pretty. I couldn’t believe my ears. When I say this young lady is gorgeous, I mean she is absolutely stunningly beautiful with a personality to match. I asked her what she perceived to be wrong with her looks and she told me that she didn’t like her lips, her teeth, or the scar on her face. I spent a few minutes telling her that there is nothing wrong with her. The things she perceives as flaws are not flaws at all. She is beautiful just the way she is. But then I decided to get a little deeper and explain the danger of focusing so much on ourselves that we lose sight of our true purpose.
The truth is that the enemy of our soul, Satan, hates us. We remind him a great deal of our Creator and his goal is to kill, steal, and destroy us. He knows how much it hurts God to see us hurting. Satan uses the media and whatever else he can to feed us the idea that we’re not good enough because we don’t look like this person or because we don’t have as much as that person. We forget that our Creator made us just the way we are and He doesn’t make any mistakes. When we buy into Satan’s lies, our attention shifts away from God, where it should be, onto ourselves, where it should not be. This is dangerous because we aren’t able to fully walk in our purpose when God is not the center of our attention.
It is so important for you to understand that your purpose is so much bigger than just you. Romans 11:36 (LB) says, “For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His glory.” What is our purpose? It is to glorify God. We were created to worship Him. We were born to serve others. Instead of spending time beating ourselves up for not looking exactly like someone else, we should thank God for creating us and then use our time to tell others about and draw attention to Him—for He is good. He is all we need to live a joyful life.
It sounds like it’s easier said than done, but I encourage you to give it a try. Instead of thinking about things you dislike about yourself all day long, think about ways you can be a blessing to others and then do those things. Instead of sulking because you don’t like the way your hair looks today, choose to worship God and thank Him for all His many blessings. Instead of talking negatively about yourself, take time to share Jesus with someone who may not know Him. I guarantee you will feel so much better when you do. You will be walking and living in your purpose. You will be doing what you were born to do.