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Today’s Coffee for Your Heart: You are beautiful…just as you are. Yes, you. You reading this right now.
Some of us have days when we actually believe that. Most of us have many more days when we struggle with it.
I struggle with it most days. Between the bathroom scales, jeans that don’t fit, the airbrushed Cosmopolitan girl at the grocery store, and those 10x magnification mirrors it’s a losing battle.
Speaking of candy…
Have you ever used one of those 10x magnification mirrors? If so then you can laugh with me as I tell this story. If you haven’t, well, get ready to speed dial your closest friend when you do.
Several years ago Eric and I went to a Bed and Breakfast that had one of those 10x magnification mirrors in the bathroom. I had never seen one. Yeah, I live under a rock. Anyway. I innocently and ignorantly looked into it. It was like something from Friday the 13th Jason-meets-Bigfoot. I. Was. Traumatized. One minute my youthful, freckled, dewy face was staring back at me and the next thing I knew my pores looked like craters and I had grown a mustache and goatee.
“Why have you never told me about these black hairs on my lip and chin?” I growled.
“What hairs?” the good husband replied.
“Oh. My. Word. I’m surprised they haven’t poked you when we kiss!” I exclaimed. He seemed completely unaware of my predicament. I tweezed for an hour. We went to dinner. When we returned to the room I tweezed some more. I came home, bought one of those mirrors and a big tube of Nair. I own no less than 3 pairs of tweezers. One for the bathroom, one for my purse, and one just in case.
We all want to believe we’re beautiful…just as we are. According to Dove research only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. (Men, I don’t think you struggle with these same issues but just know that the women in your life probably do.)
But I’ve got a beauty secret I want to share. Whether you’re young, old or somewhere in-between, man or woman, this beauty secret will work for you. It’s very simple.
Keep your eyes on Jesus.
“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4).
One of my friends, Lana Peeples, posted a picture recently of her cute little dog staring at a picture she had leaned against the wall. The picture is of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
Here’s what she said about the photo: “To all the dog lovers out there. I just don’t get this. I have this picture of Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus. SEVERAL times I have seen Josie sitting with her face 2 inches from Baby Jesus. Just starring at him. It’s crazy!! There is something about that one spot on this pic that just fascinates her.”
I thought that was interesting and then I read the comment of one of her friends: “Maybe she sees her reflection better in that one spot? She’s a pretty girl…”
The Lord used this to speak to my heart.
You can see a better reflection of yourself when you keep your eyes on Jesus. And the reflection that you see is beautiful.
John Piper said, “Give your life to this quest — seeing and savoring more and more of the happifying beauty of God.”
I’ll never see the beauty I long to see by simply looking in the mirror (especially 10x magnification). I must look to Him.
Keep your eyes on him and you’ll know: You are beautiful…just as you are.
I’m linking up with Holley today so head on over to www.holleygerth.com for another cup of Coffee for Your Heart.