I wrote this weeks (months?) ago inspired by a conversation with a friend. I'm not sure if I will do many posts like this one, but if you enjoy it and would like to see more please let me know :) I'm a big perfectionist. Especially about the little things.
As an artist, this means when I get into something I become consumed by the details. The super tiny, non-noticeable to anyone but me details. It isn't too much of a problem, until when you look at your artwork and all you see is the problems, but super small ones. Especially when you ask other people and nobody seems to notice. I do it A LOT with my art.
Recently, I've realized we like to do this about ourselves. Especially us girls.
Instead of seeing the beauty of something, we pick out all of the flaws, especially in ourselves. We become wrapped up in the idea of perfection, and how we don't fit in that box.
But the funny thing is- every single one of us are perfect. God made us just the way we are, perfect. God made us his. And I don't know about you- but I definitely would not like to tell God all of his creations aren't perfect.
But yet- we look at ourselves and find physical flaws. Mistakes. We doubt him by instead of seeing a beautiful creation of his, finding all the things we don't define as perfect in our appearance. God is an amazing artist and we try to find flaws in his art.
I feel like I have heard, as a girl raised in church, "God made you just the way you are" a lot. Too much. You start to not let it sync in at a certain point.
But if you think about it- when you see art- is it kind, loving, or even natural to point out the flaws? Of course not. Art is art- it's beautiful, usually because it's different and unique.
God made us. All of us. In his image. After so many times of looking in a mirror- we forget when we see ourselves that we should see something beautiful that God has made.
When you criticize yourself- you are pointing out the flaws in one of God's creations.
Personally, that just blows my mind and helps me try to be positive about myself. Plus- I think it's amazing to look at everything as God's art.
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV