“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde
If you go to Google and type “self-improvement” in the search engine, you will see: “About 1,090,000,000 results”. If you type “self-help”, you will see: “About 3,460,000,000 results”. If you type “self-esteem”, you will see “About 128,000,000 results”. If you type “change self image”, you will find “About 2,110,000,000 results”.
Why are there so many entries? It is because we appear to be obsessed with change. It appears that, at the very core of our beings, we are unsettled with who and what we are. People are upset because of their height, their weight, their eye color, their hair color, their lack of hair, their gangling limbs, their social status, their education. I could go on and on; but, I think you get what I am saying.
How many of us look in the mirror at the beginning of the day and say, “Hello there, you magnificent creation of God?” How many, rather, look in the mirror and say, “Good Lord!?” We should be happy with what we see and with who we are because God made us the way we are. He created us with a purpose in mind. He also created us in His own image and likeness. We often fail to see or recognize that reality.
When we fail to recognize that in ourselves, we fail to recognize that in others. We look at others and do not see God. Instead, we see flaws. We see what displeases us. We see the negative in others and we often treat others accordingly.
God does not want that to happen. He wants us to see ourselves — and others — through His eyes. He wants us to see how we have been made. He wants us to see how we are loved. He wants us to accept that we are valued and cherished. Let us try to open our eyes to that reality today and view ourselves and our world the way God views us.
FAITH ACTION: Take a good, hard look at who you are and thank God for making you in His divine image.