What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror?
Is it a person whose beauty you recognize?
Is it a body whose strength and unique features you appreciate?
In a world that gives so much value to outward appearances, it’s so easy to drown in shallow water; more so now that we have platforms that can both empower and destroy us. What can we hold on to so that our sense of self and self-worth are not hinged on things as ephemeral as the approval of others?
We can begin by reminding ourselves of the essential things; the permanent things that don’t get blown away by the next viral sensation. When all you hear are the lies of the enemy about your body image, you can always find the truth in these Bible verses about self-worth.
You matter to God.
Whenever I think about creation, I am always overwhelmed by the intentionality behind everything that God designed. Every cell, every sunrise, every blooming flower- each thing functions with purpose. And the Bible tells us that we are even more precious to God than any other creation. So if He poured so much attention and love to the most inanimate object, what more us, the only creation made in His very own Image?
“In fact, even the hairs on your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
“This is what the Lord says—
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you.”
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.”
You are custom-made.
Nothing about you is an accident, even if you don’t look or talk or think the way the world thinks you should. You were personally crafted by a loving Creator, who meticulously chose every fiber of your being so that you become exactly just the way you are. You’re custom made to the specifications of God. So yes, you are enough, because you are just as your Creator made you.
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.”
2 Corinthians 3:18
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
“But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
His love is the only validation you need.
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.”
“But you, O God my Lord, deal on my behalf for your name's sake; because your steadfast love is good, deliver me!”
1 Johnn 4:9-10
“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
You don’t need to add anything more to “earn” God’s love. When Jesus said, “it is finished”, He meant it. There’s nothing more you can do to add to it. You are enough because it is God who puts a value on you. You’re a work in progress, yes, but even in that progress God loves you and wants every single aspect of your life, even the parts we deem ugly; He’s the one who will make it beautiful. And you can trust, that He will finish the work that He began.