The saying is a bit dated, a little too simplified, and a smidgeon trite, but doggone it, it’s also absolutely true: God doesn’t make junk. When the Word tells us that we – human beings – are made in the image and likeness of God, it’s an indisputable fact! As God is rational, loving, and capable of incredible self-giving – so are we. And as God is beautiful – we are too.
But we sure do struggle to believe we are beautiful.
I’m always amazed, and not a small amount saddened, when beautiful-on-the-inside-and-out people – especially teenagers – genuinely think they are unattractive. When boys feel this way, they may be hesitant to admit it. The number of girls who look at themselves in such a negative manner is probably large. In the field of healthcare we would refer to this as an epidemic. In the realm of spiritual well-being we can call it a tragedy.
What’s the cause of all this? Why do we think we lack beauty or why do we think we are unworthy of being loved? Certainly we can blame the culture, materialism, the media, secularism, and our winners-versus-losers society. But blaming doesn’t solve the problem. Radical love and unshakeable trust in God are helpful remedies. And a little well-done music doesn’t hurt either. Christian musician Brit Nicole, in her single – Gold – sings this:
“This is for all the girls,
boys all over the world,
whatever you’ve been told,
you’re worth more than gold.
So don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not loved,
and don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not enough,
yeah there are days when we all feel like we’re messed up,
but the truth is that we’re all diamonds in the rough.”
Maybe the words are too simplified and maybe they are a smidgeon trite. But they are true. And I love them.
Remember – you are loved! Remember – you are beautiful!
Be assured of my prayers,