|Changing Seasons luncheon at UVA with Trish Ryan|
Okay, so it’s easy to say that we shouldn’t be concerned with our outward appearance, but it’s a another thing to actually live that. Even with the best of intentions, I can’t help but wonder how others see me and I’m constantly comparing myself to others. I had the joy of hearing Trish Ryan speak to a group of girls on Friday and at the beginning of her talk, she put it this way:
“Whenever you bring a group of women together, no matter how cute you felt when you walked in, immediately we start to look around the room and find someone who is prettier, skinnier, younger, or more pulled together than we are.”
Yesterday, I was on the phone with my 23 year-old sister and we were discussing our emerging wrinkles…really?! Wrinkles? 27, maybe, but not 23… So the fact is, there are always going to be people who I think look better than I do (including my beautiful sisters), but the Truth is that in God’s eyes, I’m perfect.
On some level, I will always struggle with comparing myself to other women, but rather than focusing on what I’m not, or what I’m lacking, why not try to focus on what is?
Based on the fabulous promises found in God’s Word, here’s what God thinks of us:
Song of Solomon 4:7
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
-Jesus Calling based on James 4:8 (NKJV)