Looking at Yourself from the Inside
So often, we are our worst critic. And in addition, we hear plenty of critiques from others like the media. Expectations are set on us and we feel pressure to achieve. As I often talk about body image here, I know that y'all are aware how I feel about positive body image. It's hard to really articulate what that means, but I heard this quote recently and it really stuck with me.
"Look at yourself from the inside."
So often, we bully ourself...with the way we look, the way others look at us. Ask yourself this question: What if you heard your thoughts about yourself out loud? How would your best friend respond? Remember that you have to treat yourself with kindness so that you can give that to others. Try to respond to yourself with the same kindness that you would to a best friend.
View yourself from the inside. What does your body allow you to do? What have you seen with your eyes? What experiences have you felt in your heart? What opportunities have you pursued? Look from the inside with grace toward yourself.
What values are important to you? What makes your heart soar? What do you enjoy? THAT is more important than your outside appearance. Because, think about it, do you base your friendships off of someone's body?? Is that the one requirement you have for a friend? Then why require it of yourself if it isn't a value of yours?
You are more than what you eat, your appearance, and how many followers you have. You are who you are in the inside--what shines through is what people remember you for.
Here's my challenge to you for this week (I'm taking it on too!): Rather than going with the habitual outward compliment like, "You're so pretty!" or "Your outfit is so cute!". How can you compliment someone from the inside? So far, I've noticed that it's easier said than done which I think really shows how the importance of outward appearance is so ingrained in us. It may even feel awkward or weird, but I challenge you to get outside of that comfort zone.
I also challenge you to give grace to yourself as Jesus has shown it so graciously to you! I mean, HE is perfect yet He still loves us. So, I think we can show ourselves appreciation for who we have been created to be. We are just given one life and one body. Why use our life to bully ourselves??