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Today, I'm going to talk about refocusing our lives. We tend to put most of our focus on about how we look and what our size is. We might think "I'm not small enough" or "I'm not big enough" or even "I'm not pretty enough." Newsflash!! You are enough. You're the perfect size to be you. The fact is, no one is ever going to feel perfect in their body. No one is perfect, no one feels perfect, and no one is happy with everything about themselves. If you had the body you were dreaming of, you would still find some silly "imperfection." No one is ever going to feel 100% satisfied with the way they look. True beauty comes out when a person can say "this is how I look and I don't care. I'm not going to change the way I look to for some sick standard." The strongest decision to make is the decision that you aren't going to change the way you look to make someone else happy. You are you and don't be afraid of it. If you want to change the way you look, do it for yourself, not for anyone else. Never feel obligated to change yourself to make yourself look better, because none of that matters.
Our goal, our mission in life is to praise God and bring others to Him. When we die, our size and how pretty we are won't matter; what will matter is our actions, what we do to further Christ's cause. God looks at the heart (1Samuel 16:7). If someone doesn't like you because of the way you look, it's their loss that they couldn't see your inner beauty. I used to care way too much about how I look. I used to straighten my hair every single day. But now, all I do is brush it because I realized that if somebody didn't like me because of my hair, they are really shallow and that it's their loss. "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind" ~Dr. Seuss. Ruth didn't focus on how she looked. She was doing her job, supporting Naomi. Boaz noticed her when she was probably at her most sweaty times; he liked Ruth because of her actions, not because of her looks. Ruth didn't go looking for a guy, she did her job and God guided her down the right path that led her to Boaz. We don't have to go looking for a guy, the right guy will come to us and love us for who we truly are. I have accepted that I am who I am and that I can't change that. By accepting that, it makes my life a lot easier. This world needs more girls who aren't focused on their weight or what they look like. We need to refocus our lives and make them revolve around God. By not focusing on our looks, we have more time to focus on God.
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 17-year-old freshman at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.