by Jackie Hayden
Forget about your imperfections and focus on what you do well: the peacock is famous for its beauty, despite its ugly feet. ~Jonny Ox
Do you like your feet? Do you like the way your toes look or is a manicure necessary? How about your hair? Do you wish you had thicker hair, curly hair, or a better hair style? What about your body image? Are you happy with every area of your body? Your legs? Do your thighs touch? (OK, that might be too much information.) Do you wish you had someone else’s body?
Sometimes we forget that we were created to reflect God. Being unhappy with our bodies can be one of excuses we give to God. It matters what we think of ourselves; it can either discourage or encourage our ability to respond to God’s call on our lives. It can keep us from seeing His will.
How God wants to use us to replace the world’s discouragement, loneliness, and depression with hope! To invite people around us to lift their eyes to the one that has Created them in His Image.
“How beautiful are the feet of those that preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:13-15 KJV). According to Ephesians 6:14, our feet are covered and prepared to bring us to share the gospel of Christ. Our feet are beautiful, because they carry us to those who need Jesus.
God Wants ALL of who we are. He wants us to reflect His image to the world.
We are daughters of the King. He plans to bestow rich blessings on me and you. Fortunately, His love for us is greater than our love for ourselves.
He already knows our hurts and the things that holds us back. He is waiting for us to lay these things on the table and give them over to Him. And while your calling may not look like mine, God has a definite purpose and a plan for you—plans that were in place before you were even born.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that we formed for me, when yet there was not of them. Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
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About the author: Jackie Hayden is a pastor’s wife who is new to devotional writing and speaking to women. She is a mom, Meme, and loves her Yorkies. God has been teaching her many life lessons over the years. So she chose to say Yes to God and trust Him to equip her for the call.
Join the conversation: Do you struggle with a negative body image? How does that impact your ability to serve God?