And we all believe it to some extent or another, whether you know it or not!
Do you feel like you need to be beautiful to be accepted? Do you feel like you are too big to be liked/loved? Do you worry about what clothes you have or don't have? Do you look at yourself in the mirror and like what you see? Do you base your worth on your performance? Whose standard are you using?
1 Samuel 16:7b
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.
It is not just young women who struggle with this all women struggle with insecurities, the key is whether we allow them to become us. What we believe about ourselves is a direct reflection of what we think about God.
God created you in his own image (Gen 1:27).
He knew you in your mothers womb (Psalm 139:14-16).
God has a purpose just for you that he longs for you to fulfill (Eph 2:10)
If you look at the verse Eph 2:10 in the NIV it says we are God's handiwork. . . the word handiwork comes from the greek word poiema meaning MASTERPIECE, did you catch that you are Gods masterpiece! Think of what is considered a masterpiece to the world, masterpieces are valued, prized, shown off & protected, and that ladies is what God thinks of you.
Take a moment look up the above verses read them aloud and personalize them.
If you are focused on God, your Creator, then you will not be concerned with the way everyone else does things, you will only be concerned with the way God does things.
Whose approval do you really want? That of changing man or that of a consistant God?