In 2009, Jonny Diaz released his song, “More Beautiful You”. From my first time hearing it to this very day, it touches my heart. It says what I’ve needed to hear more often than I’d like to admit. It reminds me that society tells me I need to look a certain way to fit in, but God says otherwise.
I’ve always been seen as a person full of confidence, but when I was growing up, it was all a show. Behind closed doors, I would look at myself in the mirror and wish I could be someone else. I never thought I was pretty enough when I compared myself to other girls. As hard as I would try, I couldn’t measure up, at least in my own eyes.
Fast forward 10 years, I am in love with the way I look more than ever, even with my flaws. Not because I think I look like a super model, but because I’ve accepted myself for who I am and the way God made me. My makeup skills are still limited to eyeliner and mascara. I’m typically in workout clothes, and I don’t care if my hair is in a bun. I am proud of who I am, and even on my worst days, I can find beauty inside myself.
I used to value my self-worth according to what others thought about me until I truly gave my life to Christ. He showed me that the only opinion that matters is his, and as long as I’m living for him, the opinions of others have faded in my mind. The artificial confidence I used to carry has become a reality.
As women of Christ, we have to stop judging others and start lifting each other up. Remember: God created us in his image, and he makes no mistakes. He loves us for who we are, imperfections included. I’m not saying we should throw our makeup away and start wearing rags; I believe we need to take a step back and remember our worth. It’s not found in others; it’s found in our Heavenly Father. It’s time to fall in love with ourselves and lift others up to do the same. At the end of the day, there can never be a more beautiful you.
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14