“Perfect in Beauty, God Shines Through.” – Psalm 50:2
I have a new tote bag from Dayspring called “Perfect in Beauty” that I have been carrying around quite a bit the past couple of weeks. It has Psalm 50:2 on it and also says “God gives every day a beauty of its own”. I love the bag for several reasons, it’s super cute (love zebra print), very sturdy, holds tons of stuff and is even pretty on the inside with bright blue polka dots. I really love the message about beauty on it though. It has really made me think about true beauty and self-confidence.
I recently saw a writing challenge that asked participants to write a letter to their 15 year old self. I started thinking back to the girl I was at 15: shy, awkward, naive and lacking confidence. The world is so big and full of so much potential when you are at the age. The pressures to be part of the “in crowd” and to figure out your future can be enormous. Life seems so short at that time, like there just won’t be enough time to do everything you want. You want to grow up quickly but at the same time want to remain a child. I remember struggling so much with a lack of self-confidence and wanting a boyfriend who thought I was beautiful and perfect. I just couldn’t believe that I really was beautiful, special or good enough unless everyone else thought so too.
Here are a few things I would write to my 15 year old self or that I would love to go back and tell myself:
I know the days seem long and frustrating and you are wanting to hurry life along and grow up. You are wanting to experience all the things your friends are experiencing. You are seeking independence and self-worth. You are wanting to know what it is like for someone to love you just the way you are. You want for someone to tell you that you are beautiful, that you mean the world to them and they want to spend forever with you. You are wanting to believe that you are good, kind, worthy and beautiful. You wish you could see the future and know that everything is going to turn out good for your life. You want to make sure that your parents and grandparents are proud of you. You dream about growing up and sharing your unique gifts with the world and helping others. Your dreams and what you want to be when you grow up change as often as you change pocketbooks. You just wish you had most of the answers, not all of them, but most of them.
Sweet child, I want to tell you to not hurry your life along. Enjoy each day you are given and treasure your family and friends. Make the most of every opportunity. Stop, think, pray and seek wise counsel before you make those big decisions that are coming your way. The one you are waiting for to love you just as you are, to make you feel worthwhile and beautiful, He is out there. He already knows how beautiful, unique and wonderful you are. He knows how kind, generous and sweet you are. You mean the world to Him and all He wants is to spend forever with you. He gave up his life for you on a cross on Calvary, that’s how much you mean to Him. This is the most important love story of your life.
Don’t waste your time trying to be beautiful in the world’s eyes. Don’t worry so much about how you look and what other’s think of you and your choices. Don’t let other’s opinions of you determine how you feel about yourself. Don’t judge yourself by your own standards or the world’s standards. God has created you to be uniquely you! There is no one else out there like you, so be yourself and not what you think someone else wants you to be.
Make the most of each day and look for God’s blessings and beauty in every situation. Life will not be easy, but God has a plan and a purpose. Focus on seeking God’s purpose and His light will shine through in everything you do and everywhere you go and you will be that beautiful, kind, funny, sweet, amazing woman He created you to be!
I am glad I have this tote bag to carry as a reminder to look for the beauty in every day and in every single person too. It can be hard to stop and appreciate the beauty around us, whether in a sunrise, a child’s smile, a mother’s hug, a kind hearted person, in the midst of trials and even within ourselves. God truly gives every day and every person a beauty of their own. His beautiful love shines through even in the darkest times and we need to be more observant of it.
What about you? What would you say to your 15 year old self? Did you struggle with self-confidence and feeling beautiful too?
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*Disclaimer: I received this tote bag for free from Dayspring. All opinions and thoughts expressed are 100% mine and not influenced by Dayspring.