I hate my arms. It's my insecure spot. No matter what I do or how hard I work they always look the same. I think it's a lot genetics but it's the part of my body I try to cover up the most. This might sound silly to you or you might be nodding your head in agreement over your arms or that one part of your body that you struggle with. Well one day I asked Griffin what he thought, and do you know what he said, "I never noticed them."
How do you see yourself? Not how do you want people to see you, not how your instagram portrays you, but how do YOU see yourself? I think self-acceptance is a never ending process because we are always changing and always growing so there is always room for us to accept who we are and who we are becoming. Honestly, it's accepting who we are NOT that is often most important.
"And there we saw the Nephilim, and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them."
Let me quickly give context. This is in the middle of Moses sending spies to go check out the Promise Land. Twelve spies went out and ten came back with the same report. The land was flowing with milk and honey but the people there are giants, and the cities are like a fortress. And catch this, they said we looked like grasshoppers compared to them, and so this is how they saw us...like grasshoppers. This scripture, this story is saying because I thought of myself as a grasshopper they saw me as one. How we think about ourselves is how others will think about us.
I think we all want to be seen, or heard. We all want to make a difference, to put our stamp on this world. I think there is nothing wrong with that. I think we have a divine calling to do exactly that in all different ways, but many of us try to create our own titles. Whether you are the fitness girl, the foster parent, the writer, the stay at home mom, the boss mom, the homeschool mom, these are all great, but it's not your title. (And your disease or what has happened to you is also not your title). Why give ourselves an earthly title when we were born with heavenly ones?
We are in Christ becoming more Christlike...how beautiful. There is no striving there, no seeking or searching for purpose or attention, or likes and comments. You are already fully accepted, embraced, and when God puts you somewhere then only God can take you off. If man puts you on a platform or stage then man can remove you, now we definitely don't want to put ourselves in the hands of another created being when you can put yourself in the hands of the Creator. He is the only one who knows how to work the pottery wheel.
My hope for us all is as we long to understand ourselves, and accept ourselves, we find the answers in learning about God's nature, His heart towards us, who He is, and what heaven is like. That's the only way we will really know how to see ourselves. We are made in the image of God. You are made in the image of God! I am made in the image of God. Oh Father give us eyes to see all that you created us to be.