Ladies. We need to talk.
(Gentlemen, feel free to read. It may help you understand your lady. And you may find some goodness in it for yourself.)
I saw this video a while ago about how women perceive their own beauty, and it was crazy real. Follow this link and DO watch the video.
According to Dove’s statistics:
- Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful (up from 2% in 2004)
- Only 11% of girls globally are comfortable using the word beautiful to describe themselves
- 72% of girls feel tremendous pressure to be beautiful
- 80% of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty
- More than half (54%) of women globally agree that when it comes to how they look, they are their own worst beauty critic
SOURCE: Dove Research: The Real Truth About Beauty: Revisited
Those statistics are pretty tough. But you don’t have to look hard to verify this for yourself. In fact, you pretty much don’t have to look past the mirror!
As long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by girl friends who struggle with their self-esteem. In every form… beauty, intelligence, athleticism, success, supermom, homemaker, creativity, etc. etc. etc.
Recently, I was attending a women’s Bible study and during our small-group discussion my heart sunk listening to one woman’s struggle with recognizing her self-worth. Not because she felt ugly. Or because she wasn’t supermom. But because she struggled to accept God’s love and blessings for her because she felt so undeserving of His love.
As soon as she poured her heart out, tears and all, all of the ladies around the table held their breath. We didn’t know what to say, but we knew something had to be said. God does not want us to think poorly of ourselves. We are made in HIS image…. so what do we say when we call ourselves worthless?
So, I’ve got an idea.
You know those posters you can buy with all the different names of God recorded in the Bible? Emmanuel. Jehovah. Lion. Lamb. Alpha. Omega. Great I Am.
Have you ever noticed the names of YOU in the Bible? Zechariah 2:8 calls you the “apple of His eye.” Romans 8:17 says we are “co-heirs with Christ!” We are the salt of the earth. We are made to worship. We are new creations! I, especially, am a peculiar people. 😉
These are my words of empowerment. The truth is, I do not deserve God’s love. Not ever. But as Christians, our self-worth is in who we belong to. Just as Jesus replaced his suffering for our punishment, we get to claim his reputation. Not our criminal history.
I’d love to put together a list of “self-empowerment” for those rainy days. Maybe something we could all print off and put individually in a jar. I’ve been researching… looking for an existing list to pull from and have not found one. So, let’s do it together! If you have a favorite scripture that describes how fantastic you are because of Christ, please comment below! (Include the scripture reference… cause I’ve got to make sure it’s legit!) I’ll make another post later with all of our ideas put together so we can all walk in the spirit of power that God gave us!
The Bible has a lot to say about how awesome you are. It may not seem real, but the God of Heaven sincerely knows you are. Who can argue with that?
RETWEET: This post was originally posted in 2014 on my old blog.