Is it just me, or does it feel like this life is filled with so much pressure? I feel like some days, no matter where I turn there is someone telling me (and everyone else) who I am, or who I should be. It’s like “eat this, drink that! Wear this, practice that! Volunteer here, organize this, chase this dream!Jump over this hurdle, but whatever you do, don’t stop. Definitely don’t be still. Being still or content is being an under achiever or being lazy, and sister you must keep up!” I’m not sure if it is just this generation or if it has always been this way, but it sure seems hard to be content when the world is telling you all the reasons you shouldn’t be. Advertisements are telling us what body type we need to be worthy. You have social media and things such as Pinterest where it’s a constant reminder of what everyone is up to, and what we seem to lack. We are completely bombarded these days and it can make your head spin. Honestly, it’s hard for me to understand how so many people can be so concerned with how I look in a bathing suit, but there’s not one blink of an eye when it comes to the matters of my soul.
The other night I was having a late night heart to heart with one of my closest friends (ps. those are seriously the best) and in the midst of our conversation she said “can you pray for me?” I immediately said “of course I can, what’s up?” Then she poured out her heart. She is letting how the world sees her completely devalue who she really is. She was telling me that she’s afraid that none of what she’s accomplished in this life will matter. She wants to be a good example for her children but she’s afraid they will never see her love for them, or her value as their mother because of her weight and her circumstances. The world has convinced her that who she is, is not enough, in fact who she is, is so insignificant that her own children won’t even see what she has to offer them. What an awful lie she was hearing! I know, because I’ve been there. The lies I hear are different but they all end the same way, who you are is not enough.
Why does so much of our worth come from who we appear to be, rather than from who we REALLY are? Why does it matter if my waist is bigger now that I’ve had children, or smaller than a friend’s who works out much more than I ever will? Am I of more value than she or is it the other way around? Why does it matter that my highest level of education is high school, and I’m completely ok with that? Why does it matter that I’ve never desired college? Does that make me of less value than my friend who has many degrees and secondary education? To the world, all of these things seem to matter but not to my Father. He thinks that both of us are enough! You see, WE ARE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING!! Not just any old king, but the KING OF KINGS! The King of Kings sees worth and value in each of our hearts and that value has nothing to do with this old world. He wants me to take my value, and take it into the world so that through me, they will see Him. He doesn’t see the value the world has placed on me, because I am not of this world!
The world keeps telling us if we aren’t beautiful to their standards, or successful to their standards we are nothing. I want to tell the world that they are wrong, they are liars! We will never measure up to who the world wants us to be. We will never be beautiful enough, or smart enough. We will never be thin enough, or clean enough. We will never be organized enough, volunteer enough, busy enough, never. The more we chase the world, the things of this world, the approval of this world, the more empty we are going to be. We will never ever measure up to who the world wants us to be, because we are not of this world! Who we love, and who we serve is what matters. Are we loving the world and serving the world, or are we serving the King? Do we look like the world, or do we look like Him? It doesn’t matter what size you are, it doesn’t matter if your face is wrinkled or smooth, it doesn’t matter if you have degrees covering your walls or if you can barely read. THE LORD WANTS TO USE YOU. He wants to dwell within you and perfect the matters of your heart. Your beauty is SOUL deep, and the parts of you that truly matter, are the parts of who you are in Him! The world isn’t always going to appreciate those things about you, in fact they may hate you for it. The parts of you that look the most like Him will be revolting to those who don’t love and serve Him, but that’s ok. That means you are looking more and more like your Daddy, and He’s the King of Kings.
Lord, please help me to realize that my worth comes from who I am in you, and not how the world thinks I should be. Please help me to guard my heart when the lies of the enemy, and this ugly world try to sneak in, and steal my joy. Please renew my soul, and help me to be satisfied in you, and you alone. Thank you for showing me what it’s really like to be a Daddy’s girl.
In His Love,