YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE
You get up in the morning and look in the mirror thinking: I am not enough. As your eyes skim over your reflection in the glass, you cringe at the sight of all the things you don’t like about yourself; wishing you could look more like someone else. As you grab your coffee and run off to work, you open up your Instagram app to scroll through endless photographs of flawless women. You feel smaller and smaller as you say to yourself: If only. If only I had bigger breasts, longer legs, a skinnier waist… then I would be enough. These taunting thoughts follow you around your day like a persistent bully, refusing to leave you be. And while you desperately try not to let it affect you, the self shame and loathing seeps into your inability to look others in the eye when speaking to them. How could you be confident when you feel so insignificant? Relieved that the end of the day has finally arrived, you throw on the loosest t-shirt you own and slump into bed, grateful for the sleep that will, if only for a few hours, shut out the bully in your mind.
Does this sound familiar? If we are totally honest with ourselves, this battlefield of the mind for our self-worth is one we all struggle with. I for one will be the first to admit that I daily fight against these kinds of lies. And through the years, I have found that the best way to combat lies is to drown them out with the truth. The truth of who you are as a woman created in the image of God. To realize the full glory in which you have been created is the beginning of loving yourself authentically. I pray you would always remember two things: 1) you are not alone and 2) you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
First, take comfort in knowing that no matter how picture perfect a person’s life may look on social media does not disqualify them from the fact that they are human. And just like everyone else, I guarantee you that even the most put-together woman has bad days and insecurities. No one is exempt from this. And to pit ourselves against others is such a waste of precious time and energy, especially when there is no resolution in comparison. Imagine what would flourish within us if we refocused all that negative energy into loving ourselves better. Perhaps it could start by being kind with ourselves. Think about this: You would never allow someone to say cruel and biting things about your best friend would you? So why is it that it’s so easy for us to be horrible to ourselves and yet advocate for everyone else? Remember that loving others well begins with yourself.
Secondly, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. The bible says:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Imagine this. The Designer of all that is beautiful in this world- from the Grand Canyon to the Islands of Fiji -regards you as the highlight above all creation. You are the high note in the symphony, the bride walking down the aisle, the grand finale of the Universe. You are so special that even before you were woven together in your mother’s womb, each and every day of your life was handpicked just for you, ordained with a unique purpose unlike any other.
When you truly understand that feelings of insecurity and inadequacy happen to all of us, you are able to snap out of the lie that you are alone. And when we choose to stand on the truth that we are each uniquely beautiful, we are able to win victoriously over the battlefield of the mind. Dear friend, listen to me when I say that life is far too short to live in the shadow of perfection when you were masterfully created to be YOU.
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Just as you are.
Nothing more. Nothing less.
You get up every morning and look in the mirror. Let’s rewrite the narrative shall we?
Introducing the Láro Holiday 2018 Collection is available now on www.shoplaro.com. Láro’s mission is to leverage fashion as a means to empower women while advocating for underprivileged and marginalized communities around the world, specifically through supporting indigenous artisans and joining the fight against human trafficking.
A special shoutout to our dear friend and partner Reene. Thank you for rallying alongside us in this journey towards reclaiming celebration. Thank you for sharing your heart and genuine passion for this cause. It is for you and women like you that we dedicate our Holiday 2018 Collection.