It is my pleasure to bless you this week with Megan Osborne, founder of Shaped With Love Ministries. Megan is a delightful woman and a godly leader. Her passion is equipping and nurturing mothers to instill healthy body esteem within their little ones. Please pop over to her blog to support the incredible ministry God has given her.
I spent so much time as a teenager looking to the left and the right. Coveting a worldly standard of beauty, the only standard I knew. I wanted blue eyes and white blonde hair like my best friend. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and constantly compared myself to the people around me. The more I looked to the left and to the right, the more I disliked myself.
In essence I was following “other gods and serving them.” My insecurity left me as the prey of a hollow and discontent world. Foolishly I didn't understand that I was made. Made with precision and choice by my Creator.
I had to break of this habitual insecurity and rest fully in the security of the Lord.
God commands clearly in Deuteronomy 6:5, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” If we find ourselves looking covetously to the left and to the right, we fall short of loving our God will all of our heart, soul, and strength.
If you struggle with insecurities or comparing yourself to other women, refocus your attention “central” today. Do not look to the left or to the right but rather look forward to the path ahead of you. Close your eyes and whisper, “I am a child of God,” when you feel yourself being pulled to that familiar place of insecurity.
Look both inward and forward with confidence today because you can. Remember, you were made by the Maker.
Megan Osborne, PhD