Diversity is good!

Art, Devotional

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On 1 February 2020 I wrote the following words in my journal:

“Be different. Be yourself. The one who God made you to be. Don’t try to be like others and don’t compare yourself to others. You will then always feel that you are not good enough.

God gave you everything that you need for His plans. Use your talents and stop complaining about what you don’t have.”

 

These were harsh words to tell yourself! But sometimes that’s necessary. If you want to grow as a person, you will sometimes need to stop and ask yourself earnestly, “What do I need to realize of myself, and what do I need to change.”

It’s so easy to not feel good enough in specific areas in your life, to not feel pretty enough, to not feel sufficient. Why is this? Because we compare our success to the ability and success of others. Example: I love painting. I scroll through social media for ideas, see something that someone else has painted and think, wow, that’s beautiful! Now I want to paint it as well…but guess what, it doesn’t look like their’s and it will never. We are not the same person! We don’t have the same talents. We don’t have the same abilities…ideas…creativity…etc etc – in short: WE ARE NOT THEM.

There’s nothing wrong in finding inspiration from others. God likes community. He wants us to interact and learn from each other. But the purpose is to build people up through it. To build His church. He doesn’t want you to feel not good enough just because you cannot do something in a way someone else can.

Today I want to encourage myself and whoever also needs to hear this. Diversity is good, embrace it. Start looking for your own unique ideas and interpretations of it. Look for help when you need it, but learn from it and don’t see yourself as a failure just because you didn’t know how and will now still need to take time to practice the new skill/advice you’ve received. Remember, someone who is a master in a specific skill has spent quite a few hours to practice their skill. And importantly, enjoy what you are doing! We need to find joy in everything we do. God gave you gifts and talents to enjoy, but more than that, He gave you these gifts and talents for His enjoyment. So use them! but in the unique way that God intended for you to use them.

Have a blessed day!

God loves you.

xx

J

 

BEING BEAUTIFUL??

Devotional

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I struggle with two major things in my life. I tend to compare myself to others and then I judge myself accordingly…I’m never the winner at the end of a comparison and my judgement is harsh! “I’m not good enough,” is what it boils down to.

Thoughts like these one’s come up…Other woman are prettier and look better on their well posed and edited photos on social media. They have  bodies that’s in-shape and fit, no cellulite, a nose that’s not too big or too small, smooth skin. In want that one’s legs, why can’t my hair and make-up look like that! …and the list goes on and on.

This mindset inhibits personal growth, because I can’t see my own value and worth -so how do I want others to see it if I can’t?

The question I had to ask myself was, “is this true beauty?”

Is this kind of beauty not just the packaging? And yes, it’s nice to receive a package that looks attractive. But what if you open a package that’s packaged in the most beautiful way – bows, ribbons, glitter – everything you need to really catch the eye. When you open  it… there’s only a pair of plain socks inside – or whatever item you think will be a disappointment.

What was the purpose of the beautiful packaging then? Just to deceive you?

I would rather get a package wrapped in old newspaper, but when you open it, it’s a valuable, beautiful package/gift on the inside. And you?

That’s the difference between the way the world sees beauty and how God sees beauty. Because, make no mistake, one day the “packaging” will be torn off and the “package” the inside, will be revealed before God. What will He see? Did you put all your effort in to decorate the outside or did you make the inside worth while?

I’m not saying we should neglect ourselves and not care about our bodies. Your body is a temple of God. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of you body, but we shouldn’t spend all of our time and effort only on the outside and envy others because they look prettier, are skinnier, have expensive clothes and gets more “likes” on social media. We should work on our insides. When God looks at my heart I would like Him to see a caring and giving heart. I would like the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23) to be intertwined in my innermost being. I would love my life to look more and more like Jesus’s life looked on Earth.

Just as we are not supposed to be vain and show off our looks,  we should also not proclaim our beautiful insides to the world! The Bible says your one hand shouldn’t know what your other hand does. If you’re kind to someone or help someone, we shouldn’t tell everyone about it like the pharisees did. Keep it to yourself and know that God – who is the One who matters – will see it and will be pleased.

People with a beautiful inside will in any case shine so brightly, people will notice you. Not for your worldly beauty, but see something different in you and be drawn to that beauty.

So let’s stop focusing on “worldly beauty” and let’s work on having “true beauty” – the kind of beauty that really matters and can make a lasting difference.

 

Hope you’ll have a blessed and beautiful day 🙂

xoxo

J