Jenn’s Journey from CoffeeHour @ Chicklit Power

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

Welcome Monday…and a warm welcome to each of you who have come to read my thoughts on this beautiful day. How many of us have felt a void in our hearts and souls? What have you used to fill that void? People, things, busyness, food, alcohol, outward appearance and sex are a few of the ways us humans try to escape the emptiness we often feel. There’s only one true Way to fill that hole…and that’s what we’re going to discuss today. Pour a cup of coffee, and join me in taking a look at what takes up space in our hearts.

 

“I’m having a bad hair day” “This outfit just isn’t right” “What was she thinking going out in public like that?” “He’s put on a few pounds; he better start working out” “Why don’t they do something about their yard?”

It’s so easy to judge by appearances isn’t it? Do any of the above phrases sound familiar to you? Do you judge yourself or others by looks? Or perhaps by actions? I know that this is a trap I have fallen into many times…and for most years of my life felt I did not measure up with my looks, clothing choices, and even decisions. The self criticism spilled over into my thoughts and judgments of those around me. It’s a vicious circle, one that can greatly contribute to general dissatisfaction in life.

It doesn’t take long to see how the world around us focuses on looks… all media practically screams  that we are not ok unless we sport the newest fashion, the best hairdo for the shape of our face, wear flawless makeup or have the body of a svelte 20 year old. Step into a room of women and listen to what they tell each other…”Wow, you look so good; have you lost weight?” Or “I love that outfit, where do you shop?” How often have you done this or had it happen to you?

Those compliments feel great, of course, but doesn’t that feeling end? Usually it does. And what if, heaven forbid, you don’t get any compliments on that great new haircut? Do you somehow feel deflated? Like something is missing?

Something is indeed missing…but the good news is that there is a remedy for that emptiness. It’s found in knowing who you are in God’s eyes. The One who made you, and me, thinks we are fantastic. He loves us where we are, no matter if we are wearing a shirt from 1995, the most expensive pair of jeans or we’ve just yelled at a loved one. When we fall short, He is right there to pick us up and bring us back into relationship with Him.

1 Samuel 16:7 says “Man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart,” my heart. That’s it. All I am responsible for is allowing Him to work in my heart…and when I take my focus off of what I look like, how I or others fall short, He can do His best work. This has been a very freeing concept for me. What if, this week, I try to see me as He sees me? What if you try to see yourself as He sees you?

Be blessed.

Jenn

Jenn

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4 Responses to “Jenn’s Journey from CoffeeHour @ Chicklit Power”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Well, Jenn, another direct hit and I feel the sting too. I often wonder if I were truly blind and could not see myself or how others see me, how would that affect my attitude about myself and others? Helen Keller accomplished unbelievable things without sight, hearing and even speech. God saw her as productive, beautiful of spirit, loving, gifted and then He showed the world who He saw. Amazing isn’t it? We look in the mirror and see ourselves, not as God sees us but as our own eyes see us. Yeah, we all need God glasses to view who we truly are. And that’s my comment for this day! Ha

  2. Jenn says:

    I love that comment, ‘God glasses to view who we really are’ So true!

  3. Kelley says:

    Wow! That was my day (my thoughts of me) yesterday in a nutshell!!! I snapped out of it by evening…but really was convicted reading this today! Thank you for putting this out there. I am hardest on myself, usually building up others and quick to pull myself down when I’m having a stressful day. Today I will definitely continue to work on seeing me as God sees me!!!

  4. Jenn says:

    Aww…Kelley..I can so relate. It’s so easy to put ourselves down…and I bet that makes God sad! May you continue to try to see yourself through His eyes. I’ll be right there with ya!