Dear Reader, you are beautiful.
When you wake up in the morning and slip out of your bed, you are beautiful.
When you stand in front of your mirror, with hair disheveled and shadows under your eyes, you are beautiful.
You are beautiful in your pajamas, the ones you hope no one will ever have to see, with skin blemished, covered in acne or freckles or wrinkles.
Your hair is frizzy, skin is bumpy, and your body’s discolored – but you are beautiful.
That person in the mirror – the one you criticize for your imperfections, will into being thinner, pinch into being prettier, make up to cover imperfections – that person is the one that God loves.
God loves the person in the mirror without nice clothes, without a status or title, without a nice scent, without makeup or product or styling.
God loves that person because He is their Creator. And that person is you.
Don’t believe the lie that being beautiful doesn’t apply to you. Don’t believe the lie that says you are not enough. Don’t believe that you couldn’t possibly be loved, that you could never receive the free love that God gives.
Dear Reader, I beg of you, please do not fall prey to the misconception that you are the exception. God sees you as beautiful because He sees His Son’s perfection inside of you, radiating from every part of you.
He sees you as beautiful because He looks at your heart; that same heart that He has made as pure as snow and called holy and blameless.
1 Samuel 16:7b
“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
He sees you as beautiful because you were made in His image.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
God has made you with care and wonder.
“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
And you are beautiful because God promises it.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
As you stare at yourself in the mirror, curling and straightening and setting your hair, applying powder to your face to hide your scars and blotches and bumps, and dressing in the perfect outfit, remember that you are loved regardless of it all.
Remember that God sees you as beautiful, and loves you in spite of all your imperfections.
You were created in love, given a beautiful life to live, and a blank slate that God is using to write His story.
Forget the pressures of who everyone wants you to be, and come to your Father – blemished, messy, and exactly how He wants to see you: as you.
Friend, never forget that you are beautiful, and that you are loved. You can do nothing to change this truth, for everything you are is loved by the One who invented you.
He imagined your personality before you existed, and He called it good. He knew your thoughts before your parents knew you, and He loved you.
Never doubt how God feels about you, Dear Reader. He loves you, and He calls you beautiful.