Devotional 10/20/2016

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

What we consider beauty is not always beauty to others.
God created us with creativity, tastes and preferences, therefore our opinions differ. The basic truth about beauty is that it is a combination of genetic coding and society/culture.

Much of our idea of beauty comes from influence, whether it is our local environment or mass media, and institutions. There is a part of us that needs to decide whether we are beautiful or not. When I was in my teens I was affected by criticism  and expectations from family and from others in my surroundings. Much like the teens of today, I was programmed to believe that skinny was it, or that being famous was the ideal goal of life, or even that success would be the epitome of life. Now that I am older, I realize that none of these accomplishments make you who you really are. They simply compliment who you are.  

 

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We are seeing a massive wave of surgeries, to “perfect” those imperfections in our bodies. Some people do their noses, others get a face lift or Botox, or breast augmentation, or liposuction, and it makes me concerned for our generation and the future ones. It actually makes me sad for the images that we are creating, because they do not represent us accordingly.

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Is image all there is to us? First we would have to evaluate, what is an image. If an image is a representation of you, then you would exude confidence and grace. If you are wealthy you would be a professional, with pose. If you are a dancer or an athlete it would be obvious in the way you walk, talk and act.

An image is a visual representation of something. 

  • An image is a picture that has been created or copied 

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Self concept 
  • an idea of the self constructed from the beliefs one holds about oneself and the responses of others.

Self Love

  • regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).

Self Respect

  • pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honor and dignity.

Self care

  • the necessary human function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated.

Self worth/esteem

  • confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.

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This is more of an alert for the world because the direction we are headed does  not seem healthy, at least not to me. We must remember that we have been created in image of God and God enjoys when we love and honor ourselves.

He himself chooses to indwell our bodies with his holy spirit- and he calls our bodies temples of the holy spirit. Even if we feel a little out of shape, or ugly we must remember that the truest form of beauty comes from a gentle and quiet spirit. Humility and reverence makes us more beautiful barbie doll bodies, and photo shopped faces.

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Self confidence needs to drive our everyday lives and not the opinion of our peers, because in a few years we will all be wrinkly and our bones will be consumed. We will all return to the dust where we came from. These plastic surgeries and implants, and will turn old and sag too, and the sex drive of men and women will too slowly but surely dwindle regardless of how much you take care of yourself. We must accept ourselves and place value on ourselves, despite of our feelings and despite of the status quo.

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Let’s Pray:

Lord Jesus, I thank you for the imperfections in my body and on my face. I thank you for creating me, and that my body is able and working in perfect synchronization with my biological clock. I thank you for your mercy that I have perfect working limbs, agility and that my five senses are in tact. I ask you to forgive me, if I have ever undervalued myself, and if I have ever become so vain that I would consider massive reconstructive surgery because of insecurities in my mind. I pray that you would touch every hurting heart, and every stigmatized mind and free us Lord from the pressures of fitting a mold or some image that God did not design for us. And that we may be re-defined and qualified to fit your description of beauty, and to love ourselves in the way you love us God; I ask you to heal every hurting place, and straighten any crooked thought in the mighty name of Jesus I pray.

 

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