Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"It's what's on the inside that counts..."

Discontent is very common nowadays. You are constantly seeing advertisements for weight loss programs or wrinkle cream. Movies and TV shows have perfect model-like men and women. The world tells you that this is what you need to be happy and fit in. Why is this? Why do we feel that we need peer approval to be happy? Recently I have been slightly discontent with my rather ordinary life. These thoughts were running through my head:

Why couldn't I be the best blogger in the world, with hundreds of followers and tons of comments, turning out funny, interesting posts with great pictures?

Why couldn't I be a really popular cool person, friends hanging on my every word and laughing at my witty comments, someone that everyone admired and envied?

Why couldn't I be a fashionably stylish person with perfect outfits and a model's face and body?

Why couldn't I be an amazing missionary, with awesome stories of miracles and redemption, someone that had the perfect relationship with God and never ever doubted His grace and love?

So in other words, I was asking myself this, "Why can't I be someone else? Why am I me?"

I constantly have to remind myself, "Real life is not like this. No one is perfect. And God does not want me to be worried about this." Yes, it's a bit cliché, but it doesn't matter what is on the outside. God only looks on the inside. Your whole purpose on earth is to please and glorify God. If you are doing that, what you look like doesn't matter at all. So the next time you are feeling discontent, remember that your friends love you, your family loves you, and most of all God loves you, even if your nose is five inches long or you forget to brush your hair in the morning. And that is what counts the most.

Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Proverbs 31:30 NASB

Grace be with you,

Abby :D


Meggan said...

Great post Abby! Excellent point. I agree discontentment is all around us and the driving force of marketing advertisements. But, in one way, I believe that God does care about how we look. An overweight person struggles with gluttony, a sin issue that manifests itself in physical form. And just the same for the anorexic/bulimic who's sins are likewise manifested physically. God created us in His image for His glory and what we can control (weight) we should do so b/c we all are accountable. What we cannot control (DNA characteristics) we should embrace as beautiful in God's eyes.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post, Abby:) I struggle with this ALL the time.

In Christ,

Leah said...

What if you have a 6-inch nose? ;-)

Beautiful reminder, Abby!
Beautifully written.


Thank you for sharing! :-)


Abby said...

Miss Meggan~ Great point! We should definitely care about our bodies, which could be described as God's temple. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca~ Thanks!

Leah~ You'd look really funny with a six inch nose. :) Like Pinocchio. :D

Kendra Lynne said...

You hit the nail on the head. =) I've been struggling with that too, thanks for this post.

Shelley said...

Beautiful post Abby! I sometimes catch myself doing this too. Very encouraging words! :)

Dodi said...

Great post:)
It's so true:)
God bless~