Hey guys! Welcome back to TGWAM! I know it’s been a while since we’ve posted, but between the move, school starting back, See You at the Pole, and just life it’s been hard to slow down to write a quality blog post for all of you! ❤
Today I’m going to be talking about something that everyone struggles with, whether they reveal it or not. Self-confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, etc. The issue of self-worth is one that has spanned for ages and ages, all the way back to the caste system and even before then. Self-worth is not something that’s easy to overcome, and often times the damaging words that people have said to us never leave us. They haunt us for years and years, but we have to let that pain become the driving force for us to be better people and more successful in our own lives.
While we can use the mean words and harsh actions people have said and done to us as fire to be better people, it can also be very detrimental to us if we allow ourselves to meditate on it. The things that people say are often harsh and feel like a stab in the heart. “You’ll never amount to anything..” “You’ll never be anything more than just trash.” “You’re ugly. Get some new clothes.” “What are you, an idiot?!” These statements ring in our minds and every time we mess up, they’re right there, reminding us that we’re one step closer to what they’ve said being true.
However, all of these things aren’t true according to God. God tells us that we are his MASTERPIECE (Ephesians 2:10). He tells us that in Him, we are a NEW CREATION (2 Corinthians 5:17). He tells us that HE knitted us together in our mother’s womb, that HE created EVERY SINGLE PART of us, and God doesn’t make mistakes (Psalm 139:13-14). That’s just three examples of verses where God tells us that we are flawless, that we are a new creation in Him. He reminds us that while we are human and we are imperfect that he loves all of us, because He made us and God doesn’t mess things up.
Someone once told me that as an artist, we’re bound to make mistakes. We accidentally swipe the canvas in the wrong way and it completely ruins the whole idea of our painting. Whether it’s a black line across our white canvas or the Africa on your canvas looks like a three year-old drew it, (Yes, Lacey… I know it does…) we are bound to make a mistake somewhere in our artwork at some point. Just like these mistakes in our artwork that we make, we sometimes look at something that God is doing in our lives or maybe the way that God made us that we compare them to those mistakes. However, God is the perfect artist. He takes the things that we would call the “black streaks” in our lives and turns them into the most beautiful painting that we can even imagine. He takes are broken and makes it absolutely beautiful. God’s ways are higher than ours, and his paintbrush for our lives is much more amazing than we can even imagine. God takes the times in our lives when we feel like nothing more than those hateful words that people have said to us and turns them into the most amazing victories in our lives.
Anyways, that’s all I’ve got for today. I hope you enjoyed reading my post for this week. I know it’s been a while since we’ve posted, but after this week, posts should become weekly again. I hope you all have a great rest of the week! See you back on Tuesday for Lacey’s posts and on Thursday for mine! Love you guys! ❤
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