"Mirror, mirror on the wall -- who's the fairest of them all?"
We are the only ones who are able to define ourselves. WE choose the nouns, adjectives, and verbs that create our self image. "I am..." our little voice says, looking in the mirror. The mirror can't tell us anything! It is just a reflection of what that little voice sees.
But how does that little voice decide where those definitions come from? Are they of the world and its standards?
Let me share what I have figured out with you, oh Beautiful Daughter of Creation:
The world is hurting as much as you are. The world feels as broken as your heart feels. The world is wounded from twisted thoughts of worthiness and, sitting there staring at the mirror, it just keeps rubbing salt in its own wounds. And, honestly? The world is aching more than we can even imagine because it tries SO HARD to bring us down into the dirt with it -- misery loves company, as it is said. The world wants you to wallow in what you do not have, what you do not look like, who you can't get, and to spend your money, time, and energy trying to alter the very foundations of who you are in order to get out of being who you are. This is because our societal world does not like who it is; it is built on sinking sand and its very foundations rely on the catch-22 of trying to re-build again and again as the waves of Truth wash over it.
The Truth, my lovely?
The Truth, coming from the eyes and designs of the Lord, is:
YOU ARE WORTHY -- JUST AS YOU ARE.
Let that echo in your heart. Write it down on every mirror, on every surface both within and around you. Fuel your spirit with the knowledge that - no matter the ways of the world - your one wild and precious existence has a purpose you have yet to fully understand, and you have been granted EXACTLY the most beautiful, the most perfect appearance for what it is you have been, are, and will be called to do.
'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'" Jeremiah 29:11
Let the eyes of the Lord, full of love for you, be the source of your reflection. Cover your heart with your worthiness until that little voice within it begins to pick up the call and joins in with the song of women everywhere who stand together in defiance of the world and what it wants you to believe.
"I am beautiful."
"I am perfectly made."
"I am worthy."