Do You Want to Be Free?
I'm no stranger to beauty lies. In fact, I've spent a good chunk of my life in bondage to lies about my beauty and worth. I know what it's like to hate what you look like, to feel like God goofed when He created you, and to desperately seek affirmation of your worth.
I also know what it's like to find freedom.
As I look back on those years when beauty lies reeked havoc on my heart, what strikes me most is that I knew God's truth all along. I accepted Jesus as my Savior at age 15. My battle with beauty began shortly after. I knew that God loved me. I knew that He created me. I understood that the world's standards in the area of beauty weren't real and shouldn't matter. And yet, I struggled.
It may sound strange, but I can see now that I didn't really want to find freedom. Feeling fat and ugly served me in some ways. Mainly it got me attention from others. It seems the worse I felt about myself, the more the people around me tried to affirm me. When dwelling on beauty lies turned into a full-fledged eating disorder, that attention really heated up. Out of concern for my well-being, everyone I knew tried to convince me I was beautiful. I craved that attention. I guess a part of me worried that if I chose to walk in freedom in the area of beauty, the compliments would stop.
Eventually, the cost simply got too high. I couldn't afford to ignore God's truth about my worth any longer without paying a serious price. It wasn't that I learned any new truth about how God felt about me. I simply chose to believe what I'd known all along.
I think it's possible that some of you are like me. You know God's truth. You've read the verses where He proclaims His deep love for you. You understand that He created you on purpose and for a purpose. A part of you even realizes that the world's beauty standards are a sham. But for some reason you've not yet chosen to abandon beauty lies and believe God's truth.
If that's you, I hope you'll believe me when I tell you that freedom in this area is sweeter than you can imagine. No compliment or expression of concern by the people around you can come close to the power of believing God's Word.
Do you want to be free?
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery" (Galatians 5:1).
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