For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
1 Peter 3:4
I have a wonderful friend – who is so different from me in so many ways. I treasure her friendship and she has expressed the same sentiment. We both have the same number of children, we both homeschool and we both love the Lord and want to serve Him. The similarities pretty much end there. Her kitchen cabinets would make Martha Stewart jealous. Her husband can count on his dinner as he walks in the door. Her homeschool is set out and consistent. My kitchen cupboards, well, let’s just say that I’m thankful for cupboard doors. My husband is always fed…eventually. My homeschool is a new adventure every day.
On the other hand, our homeschool is a new adventure every day. We really enjoy venturing out and trying new things. We organise events in order to encounter new people.
The Lord designed my friend to excel in certain areas and He gave me other gifts. That’s ok! In fact, it’s wonderful! If we were all exactly alike how would we ever learn anything?
I have some friends who are physically beautiful. I can also say that I know some physically beautiful people whom I would not choose as friends. Why? Because on the inside, they have lost sight of what true beauty is.
Putting on make up or fancy clothes or being part of the in crowd, being the best athlete or the smartest in class will never fill the void of accepting yourself in Christ.
When you look at yourself in the mirror today, look and see what God sees. Don’t pretend to be anyone else but examine what God has put in your life and decide today to live it for Him. If you see something in someone else that you admire, consider whether or not it is a reflection of Christ. Is it part of the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control)? If you are fostering these character traits in your life, then the true beauty of who you are will out shadow everything else.
Take off the mask of whom you think you should be and wear the reflection of whom God made you to be.
So God created man in his own image,
male and female he created them.