There’s a video making the rounds on Facebook and other social media that is going to make you think. It’s an experiment by Dove that reveals what women really think about themselves. The concept is pretty simple: A sketch artist asks women to describe themselves. He draws them according to their own description. Then he asks someone who has spent a little time with the women to describe them, and he draws another sketch according to what that person says. The results, as pictured above, are drastically different.
Did you ever stop to think about how God’s picture of you is probably a lot different from your own? The way He sees you, and the way you see yourself, are probably drastically different.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14)
If we really believe that what God makes is wonderful, that includes us. We’re wonderful! If we criticize ourselves, we’re being critical of what God made–and ultimately of Him. We’re questioning His unique design and plan for us.
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. (Deuteronomy 7:16)
What are some of your treasured possessions? You probably value your friends and family above all else. Think of how you guard them, love them, and take pride in them. This is how God sees you–valuable. You are His treasure.
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:19)
When I think of God’s delight in me, the only thing that really gives me a picture of that is thinking about my kids. When I’m cuddling them, or watching them sleep, or watching them run around outside, there’s this feeling that I get deep inside, and as I feel a smile stretch across my face, I know that it is delight! I delight in my children. Can you wrap your head around the fact that God watches you, and He delights in you?
Because unless you can understand that, you’ll never be able to pass it on to your daughter. You’ll never be able to help her break the cycle of comparison and inadequacy unless she knows she is complete in Christ, and she sees you living that out every single day.
So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Colossians 2:10)
Strive to see yourself through God’s eyes. The best way to do that is to study His Word and know what He says about you. Otherwise, you’ll see yourself through a different lens. You’ll believe the false lies of the enemy, and it will affect everything you do: how you raise your children, how you advance in your career, how you connect with other people, and how far your faith takes you.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)
We are daughters of the King.
If you struggle with self image, this video reveals so much–please watch it. It’s very telling and convicting. We need to really re-evaluate our values and how we see ourselves. We are His, made in His image, His precious treasure, and He delights in us! Let’s declare His praises, and be who He says we are!
What are your first thoughts after watching this video? Please share!