Some days I like him. Most days I hate him. But I do have to admit he's honest. He'll always tell me if I have food in my teeth or a booger in my nose. He isn't afraid to let me know if the certain shirt is too tight or the color doesn't complement my skin. I appreciate the honesty, but he is deceiving all the same. Deceiving because anytime he tells me, "Just get this cute shirt and feel better about yourself" or "Just lose those 5 pounds and be forever happy," it doesn't work. I'm never good enough for him. I try hard not to hang out with him too much or else I can easily fall into this trap of discouragement—"...I see that cellulite back there. Your skin is looking pretty oily these days. Those teeth need some whitening!" I try to block out his lies that tell me I'm not good enough, that I'm not beautiful, but it's hard.
I'm sure you've met him. He tends to pop up in all sorts of places: bathrooms, cars, department stores, [and] gyms. And I'm sure you've felt some of these same insecurities when standing in front of him.
-Jenna Lucado in her book Redefining Beautiful.
This quote shows how much of an effect one thing can have on someone. Something small can create a huge effect. And people get this all the time. Things are always distorting the way we view ourselves, others, and the world.
There are all kinds of commercials that tell girls natural beauty isn't beautiful. They're told that they should wear makeup, designer clothes, have "perfect" hair, fit into a size zero, and be tall with a "perfect face" just to be pretty. This gives girls huge insecurities about what they look like. They struggle to become that "perfect looking girl". Then, there's guys. They struggle to fit in with the cool crowd. They change around certain people and dance through school pretending just to fit into a cliché. This makes it hard for them to figure out who they are and who they're real friends are. It puts tons of pressure on them.
Then there is music. Cuss words lace the lyrics with lasting poison that makes kids think it is ok. Cussing isn't a big deal, right? Well let's see. The Bible says that we will be judged for every careless word said. Another way to think about it; Would you cuss in church? Would you cuss in front of Jesus? Would you cuss I front of God? Cause my theory is that if you wouldn't want to cuss in those situations, then you shouldn't cuss at all.
And there are so many other things that affect us. One day my friend showed me the work of Shane Koyczan. Click this link to read his powerful poem and a video to go along with it http://www.tothisdayproject.com/the_poem.html bulling is a big issue. It can give people big problems and insecurities. And there is a lot of this devastating thing happening.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is there are a lot of things that could be fogging up our view of God's beautiful world. Because of this, it can be hard to see the beauty through goggles stuffed with insecurities and all the worldly views being shoved at us. But try wiping the problems to the side and glance at the amazingness of creation. The world is filled with beautiful people, lost and wondering, but still beautiful. It is filled with blossoms of peace and generous heapings of love overflowing every crack, crevice, hole, and canyon. It has artwork engraved into everything. A story trailing each and every molecule, and if you look close enough you might catch a glimpse of what's written. Beautiful colors bounce from thing to thing. The everything is bustling with the wonderful mark of God's craftsmen ship.
About the Author:
I am Bridges or at least on here I am. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that what this site is about.
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