Often I hear teenage girls say, “ I don’t like myself. This always surprises me, because when I converse with teens all over the world, I see beautiful young ladies with amazing talents and so much potential! When I ask, “ why is it you do not like yourself ”, most often the response I hear is based on the way they look, or how popular they are, or if they have a boyfriend, or what they think ‘others’ say about them.
If you find yourself thinking these same things, my advice to you today is… STOP!!! STOP …comparing yourself to others, especially to models who have had their pictures professionally edited, or actresses who have others picking out their wardrobes, and spending hours doing their makeup and hair. STOP…desiring to be part of the ‘popular crowd’! If you have to be anyone other than ‘yourself’ to fit in, you are looking to ‘fit in’ with the wrong people. STOP… striving to get the approval of a ‘boy’, who at your age, has no idea how to treat you properly, and will cause you heartache. STOP…worrying about the opinions of others!STOP… and take time to appreciate how uniquely, and wonderfully, God made you! STOP… trying to seek other’s approval and strive to seek God’s approval.God’s thoughts towards you are of love! What are your thoughts towards yourself? You cannot receive God’s love or give love if you do not love yourself first.
I challenge you… for the next 28 days; look into the mirror and say, “I love myself”! Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Develop a habit of ‘loving yourself’! When you love yourself, the world around you appears brighter! It is your life! Do not give anyone else the power to steal your joy! Decide today to be in agreement with God ~ God loves you!!!