Who God Says I am

If we were honest, all of us girls would admit that we’ve been there… let’s face it every girl at one time or another has had what I like to call a “Dressing Room Meltdown”.

Here’s the scenario: You’re in the dressing room trying on a pair of jeans, you go to zip them up…but oh wait a minute…they won’t zip. “That’s funny” you think, “they are in my size after all, there must be something wrong with this zipper”. After sucking it in and trying for the tenth time, you finally give up and succumb to the ever so frustrating fact that you need a bigger size. But if that isn’t enough, you hear it … a girl in the next dressing room calling out to her boyfriend that she needs a smaller pair of jeans. There you are… sweating like a pig from trying to get those evil jeans on, your hair is all askew, practically in tears, and now contemplating hurting the girl who’s incessantly yelling out to her boyfriend that she must’ve lost weight and now needs a pair of tiny made for Barbie jeans.  

Please tell me you’ve been there!

Those frustrating shopping trips can really mess with your head if you let them. All your body image issues choose to surface when you’re faced with a rack of clothes in limited sizes… sizes you could swear have shrunk over the years.

It’s funny that we often times see body image as something that is mostly a teen issue. Because at 26 years old I can tell you I see no signs of it going away. You look in that dreadful three way mirror in the dressing room and you can’t help but wonder “Will this always be a struggle?”. I grew up with my beautiful mom and aunts always talking about what diets they were on…I never thought they needed them. I remember when I was a kid my grandma and my aunts (on my dad’s side) would go on the Scarsdale Diet. Always thought that diet sounded awful and evil…unless that is you actually like a plain grapefruit for breakfast and tuna without any mayo for lunch. A 90 year old woman who used to attend my church talked about going on diets… if this doesn’t send the message that the issue of body image is a life long struggle I don’t know what does.

I for one am sick of it. The message that magazines, tv, and movies send out to woman is that we are not good enough and we consistently buy into it. The “if I only looked like her, was as thin as her” comparison merry go round is exhausting. The up and down trying to be the perfect size roller coaster is exhausting. It only feeds the animal of insecurity. And you just can’t win because in this crazy world it’s never good enough, the illusion of perfection is always out of reach. If you are overweight or average weight the world will tell you you’re fat, and if you are thin some may say you’re too thin and need to gain weight. It’s a crazy cycle.

It’s always those times of insecurity that I’m tempted to believe and wallow in negative thoughts of myself. But instead of letting clothing, magazines, tv, and my own negative thoughts define me wouldn’t it be nice to simply rest in who God says I am?

Who does God say I am? …

“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” – Psalm 139:14

”I am the apple of His eye.” – Deuteronomy 7:6

“His treasured possession.” –  Philippians 4:8

“I am God’s child.” – John 1:12

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

“God has made you also an heir.” – Galatians 4:6.7

“I am the temple of the Holy Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16

”You are the light of the world.” – Matthew 5:14

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved” – Colossians 3:12

”Be imitators of God, as beloved children.” – Ephesians 5:1

”So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1:27

There is such a big difference between who we say we are and who God says we are. We say “I’m fat”, he says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We say “I’m ugly”, he says we are made in his image. We say that we are no good and have no worth, but he says that we are the righteousness of God in Christ and his treasured possession. We say that no one could love us, he calls us beloved.

The question is now who will I choose to believe…me or God? The world or God? Will I remember who he says I am the next time I look in the mirror and maybe am not thrilled with what I see? Will I choose to believe him the next time I fall into the trap of comparison and think that I just don’t measure up? And will I believe him the next time I try on a cute top in the mall and it doesn’t fit, and I get my hair stuck in the security sensor…and end up pulling out half of my hair just to get the top off? Sadly last week when that happened … I didn’t.

I think I’ve gotten to the place in my life where I’m more aware of the fact that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20), and I need to take better care of it. Eating right and exercising is a good thing. But I don’t want to do it to try and measure up to someone else’s idea of perfection.

I want to feel good about myself and stop buying into the lies. It’s a funny thing though, because most of the time I don’t think I have bought into the lies of what the world says I should look like. But those moments of insecurity expose how many of the lies I’ve actually let plague my heart and mind. But a child of the King should never live that way. We were meant to feel beautiful and free.

I want to trade my insecurity for the security of who God says I am.

“There’s a wonderful peace that can be had knowing who you are & who’s you are.” -Jenna Lucado Bishop

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About Krystal Rodriguez

Follower of Christ. Twenty-something from Texas. Blogger. Baker. Music addict. Night owl. Chocoholic. Lover of all things creative. You can find me blogging here: https://thewakingezine.wordpress.com and here: http://softlyspokensimplysaid.blogspot.com :)
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3 Responses to Who God Says I am

  1. Parttimesleuth says:

    Wow, hair hung in a security sensor – sounds like a Kodak moment! 🙂 jk

    The Bible says that “charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” (Prov. 31:30).

    Even if you have a great figure now, one stroke of the clock and curves will sag, wrinkles will form, and hair must be colored. It’s just a fact of life.

    It reminds me of a saying I heard when I was younger, “Beauty is skin-deep, but ugly goes all the way to the bone!” I believe that to be true – you can be beautiful on the outside, but hateful and dead on the inside. God gave each of us a unique body-type, different hair color, different eyes, heights, and metabolism. And yes, we live in a culture where for some sick reason, that all matters to people.

    But what matters to God? That is the question.

    “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

    Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit – we should take care of them, not because we want to look good on the outside, but because of what is going on, on the inside. God expects us to feed our bodies with nutritious foods that He gave (not junk), exercise them and work them (and wear makeup if necessary – hey, if you need it, wear it! 🙂 ). But not be obsessed with it or fret if it meets/doesn’t meet the culture’s “standards” for how a body should look.

    The next time you see someone prettier than yourself, think about how you can help make that person better on the inside. And help them to see what you are all about as well – the inner beauty that transcends lumps in the wrong places and messy hair, and an imperfect face.

    “Do not let your adornment be merely outward–arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel–rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” (1 Peter 3:3-4)

  2. Hey, thanks for commenting! Yes, as you can imagine it was quite the Kodak moment indeed! lol 😉

    In a culture that puts so much stock in beauty it’s easy to forget that the outside is only temporal and that it’s really what’s inside that lasts. I like that saying you shared because it’s so true, someone could possess all the physical beauty in the world but have no internal beauty. And the heart is what truly matters to the Lord. And if that’s what he sees as most important maybe that’s what we should be focusing on. God did make us all different and I think it’s learning to see those differences in ourselves as well as in others like he sees them; as beautiful.

    “The next time you see someone prettier than yourself, think about how you can help make that person better on the inside. And help them to see what you are all about as well – the inner beauty that transcends lumps in the wrong places and messy hair, and an imperfect face.”

    That’s really valuable advice! Thanks so much for reading and sharing! 🙂

  3. Amanda Oliver says:

    Great blog, Krystal! I loved the verses you shared about who God says we, His children, are. It’s really amazing and encouraging to see them all one by one in a row. How great is our Father’s love for us!

    I truly believe that there is a balance for all things in life. The same goes for our body image. As you said, we are to take care of our bodies and be as healthy as we can be, but we should also understand that outer beauty is NOT the most important thing, especially to God. We shouldn’t pine after the praise and affections of people, but rather work on our character and what’s inside our heart, because that is what matters to God!

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